Mood lighting seems to be popular – candles, track lighting, dimmer switches, etc. Supposedly, this kind of light can be soothing & soft. The main problem, however, is the vision obscurity that dim light can facilitate. And if we can’t see well, then we increase our chances to make mistakes & even hurt ourselves.
As a follower of Jesus, I want to be known as a child of the Light. This means that I want to live in light, not hidden, nor controlled by obscurity. I want to bring light & love wherever I go, expressing healing, freedom & redemption. Let’s turn the light up rather than dim the light.
The moon eclipsing the sun today is a noteworthy event & hopefully you have some eclipse glasses so you don’t look directly at the sun during the eclipse. I read about a man who looked at the sun in the last eclipse & his vision was permanently damaged – no bueno.
Although it’s rare, the bright light of the sun can indeed be diminished & even eclipsed. But let us never forget that Jesus, the Light of the world, can never be diminished nor eclipsed. So let’s be certain that we don’t allow shadows, clouds, confusion or darkness into our souls, emotions, thoughts or outlook.
How can we keep Jesus as our light?
Pay attention to what you let into your thoughts & soul
Do you thoughts / emotions gravitate to darkness or light?
Remember that Gods Word is a lamp unto our feet & light unto our path – Ps 119:105
My dad always ordered his eggs over easy & I remember hearing waitresses say to him, “Sunny Side Up!” As a kid, I didn’t understand what they meant, but later learned that this phrase was kind of a synonym for over easy. Now whenever I hear, “sunny side”, everything inside me smiles & I feel warm all over. Maybe this is because I remember my dad sharing his breakfast with me or maybe because the sunny side feels friendly, inviting & open!
I’ve been thinking about this sunny side thing lately because of some plants I’m attempting to keep alive. Even yesterday, I moved a tomatoe plant out of the shade & into the sun – to keep it on the sunny side 🙂
This is pretty cheesy, but we also have to keep ourselves on the “Sonny” side in our thoughts, conversations & decisions for each day. Following Jesus, God’s Son, means that we actively chose to stay on the “Sonny side” of life, sharing encouragement, hope & genuine love with the dark world around us. Indeed, let’s stay bright by letting God’s Son shine through us!
The words, “shallow” & “superficial” almost evoke a gagging reflex in me & I’ve been this way for my entire life. Case in point: as a 4year old, I preferred Seasame Street, Electric Company & Zoom to Mr Roger’s Neighborhood, because I thought Mr Rogers was juvenile. I even complained to my parents, “He talks like I’m a child!” So the idea of being shallow, superfical & juvenile has been repulsive to me for a long time.
Now, however, I kind of like shallow & superficial and here’s why: the world is too heavy to carry and the challenges I have are too hefty to solve, despite my best thinking, planning, education and efforts. Even though I like to think deeply, I need to come up for air and be more lite & bright, from time to time. I remind myself of these guiding principles when I get morose and dark:
Luke 1:37, “Nothing is impossible for God”
Ps 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord because He cares for you.”
Rom 8:28-29, “All things work together for good to those who love God & who are called according to His purposes.”
Ps 25:15, “My eyes are continually on You & You pluck my feet from the net.”
Matt 6:33, “Seek first the kingdom of God & all these things will be added to you.”
John 14:16, “I will ask the Father & He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever.”
So let’s stay lite, bright & maybe even a little superficial & shallow! Feel free to pass this along to someone who might be a little discouraged 🙂
Hope is essential to life. We all need hope – hope that today will have good things in it, hope that our hearts will stay connected to Christ, hope that the price of gas will stop rising, hope that my son David will stop trying to get me to like snakes, hope that I’m doing a good job as a wife & mom, hope that God is bigger than my doubts, hope that they’ll have decaffeinated coffee in Ethiopia, . . . . hope.
Obama wrote a book called, “The Audacity of Hope” – I have the audacity of hope that God is alive & working in every moment of each day through the good, medium & yucky. Ps 146:5, “Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, Whose hope is in the LORD his God.”
What are your hopes?