Sometimes when I have dropped my kids off at school, band camp, or other events, I’d say, “Remember to be a light.” My daughter recently shared with me that it used to make her feel pressure… like she had to be perfect or do everything right. She told me that now she realized being a light means being real about her struggles and problems and her need for God in the midst of them.
I couldn’t agree more. In a recent radio interview, the host shared with me that light can only shine through cracked vessels. If you put a light into a jar, you can’t see it. However, if the jar has broken areas, the light can get out. Today in my reading I found Christ talking about light as well. He said, “If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.” (Luke 11:36 NLT)
I can think of some dark corners in my life – wasted time, bad media decisions, judgmental thoughts, unkind words, and bitterness that likes to rear its ugly head from time to time. Rather than try to hide or fix these dark areas of our lives, we need to admit them. Only in bringing our dark corners into the light can Christ do the work of transformation through us.
Those dark corners often cause me shame, guilt, and regret. Instead God wants to use those broken areas to shine His light through us. Do you have any remorse from yesterday? Things you wish you could have a do-over on? Instead of striving, we can fall on our knees and confess our dark corners to the Lord. He cautions us to, “Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness.” (Luke 11:35 NLT)
Light doesn’t originate with us. It comes from God. So as we evaluate our lives in this new year
- our time
- our relationships
- our choices
…we must continually submit it all before Him. He can reveal what is of Him, and what is just us spinning our wheels.
I’m praying that your day is filled with the floodlight of Jesus today! You don’t have to feel the pressure to get it all right in order to be a light. You shine Him best by admitting your need for His light to shine through the brokenness. Let’s prayerfully bring Him every part of us so that He can transform our dark corners into rays of His glorius light.