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Are Your Lights On?

30 Mar

The other night as we were coming home from the store, everything seemed normal.  I pulled out of the parking lot and made it onto the street.  I successfully navigated the dangerous reality of modern day driving!

A couple of minutes later, I pulled onto a street in our neighborhood and immediately realized that something was wrong.  There was a noticeable change in the environment around me and I couldn’t tell what it was.  A moment later, I realized that the problem was not the surrounding environment.  Rather, it was me.

My car’s headlights were off!

Why didn’t I notice it before?

Simple.

While I was on the main street, there was an abundance of street lights, so I never realized that my car’s lights were off.

When the environment changed (no more streetlights), my problem became noticeable.

A couple quick points:

1) Sometimes, in order to more properly know what might be wrong/stuck/incorrect in our own lives, we need to change the environment.  Certain problems are only revealed in different settings.

2) As a Christian, we are called to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” That’s found in Matthew 5:16.  The only way to know if your light is truly shining is by spending some time in dark areas.  Get out of the “light only environments” of church services, Christian meetings and spend some time in some darker areas.  Your light was meant to shine!

Thoughts?

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2 Comments

Posted by on March 30, 2012 in Life, Love, Ministry, Uncategorized

 

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2 responses to “Are Your Lights On?

  1. Dania Zarate

    April 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    ¡Me encantan sus columnas! “Your light was meant to shine” es algo que debí haber puesto en práctica desde hace mucho tiempo con mi propia familia, pero el resentimiento y el dolor que muchas veces ellos nos causan no me han permitido ser esa luz por mucho tiempo. No pretendo justificarme, pero ahora sólo por la gracia de Dios es que puedo levantarme de los escombros y ser el instrumento que Dios desea que yo sea para con mi propia familia.

     
  2. Meliza

    May 9, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Yay Dania!!!! Pastor …awesome!!! it’s soooo easy to get comfortable and safe in the places, with the people, that we are familiar with. The dark places, the lonely places, the scary ones aren’t always the ones we run to first. But just think! In those places are people that just need to hear they are loved, people that just need to know they are valuable, people that just need to know that someone has never let go, never stopped watching over them. Let’s do this! Let’s go into the dark! i believe Jesus is sooo present there, and wants us there with him too!

     

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