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Shine Brightly

What a privilege to be Your child, Father. The assurance of Your unconditional love gives me great comfort regardless of my circumstances. Thank You for the wonderful blessing that You are to my life!

Matthew 5:14-16 (<<click the green)

I have heard it argued that in reality darkness does not exist but in actuality, darkness is the absence of light. We have flashlights that cast beams of light into the darkness but there is no such thing as a darklight the can cast a shaft of darkness into the light.

As followers of Christ, we are responsible to “shine out for all to see”. Lord, You are the Great Light within us but how often do we try to throw a blanket over You so that we can do what we want? We try to hide Your light.

My fear is that many have no problem with shining a little light while in church or visiting dear old grandma but throw them out into the world and many are quick to throw their lamp “under a basket”. Lord, how often, when we live this kind of life, is Your reputation soiled?

We like to think that no one will know but quite often that is not the case. People have a way of finding out lots of things on either side of this scenario. We may try to hide the fact that we go to church from those we work with or live next to but word gets around.

Years ago I ran into an old acquaintance and through the course of conversation, I shared where I was ministering at the time. He told me where he worked and I made a connection to an active member in my church. Just by the look on his face, you could tell that he was surprised – the member’s reputation wasn’t reflecting a whole lot of light in regards to his relationship with Christ.

Our Christian friends can’t be fooled either…at least not for very long.

Lord, Your proclamation in Luke 6:45 rings loud and clear,

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

Lord, we all struggle at times. May I diligently be storing up a good treasury in my heart so that I may be a producer of good things. May my light shine forth brightly so that I may bring glory to You. Amen.

Oct 16th, Mon, 6:25 am

Down the Front

Father, it is a joy to be with You this morning. May I be attentive as I see what You have for me. Draw me close to Your side. Give me a heart that wants to be like You more than anything else. Amen.

Revelation 3:4-6 (<<click the green)

One of my biggest challenges in life is keeping food off the front of my shirt. Inevitably something of vibrant color will do so, especially when I am out in public.

It happened a couple of Sundays ago. We decided to run into town after church and grab a quick bite at a well know Mexican food place. I kept my burrito in the wrapper for extra protection, leaned over the tray in a precautionary move…but to no avail! One bite and a chunk of tomato covered in meat sauce fell to my thumb, rolled down my hand and tumbled over the front of my shirt! So for the rest of the afternoon, I walked Napoleon-style with my hand over my shirt trying to cover the stain! And of course, we ran into people we knew…no surprise there!

Verse 4 here speaks of the few in Sardis who had not soiled their clothes with evil.” Sin leaves a mark, stains are unavoidable. Trying to cover them up is futile. Lord, You see it all. You witness the act and You are keenly aware of the aftermath. The older I get the more I realize that I, in and of myself…I, in my own strength and power…I simply cannot stand against sin. Inevitably I will take a bite out of something I shouldn’t be biting and it will roll down the front of my shirt and my clothes are soiled. Only in You, Lord, can I be victorious! Only in You can I avoid the temptations. Only in You can I stand strong against the evil that wants to entrap me.

Lord, may I be faithful to You. May I be victorious so that I too may “walk with [You] in white” for only because of You will I be found worthy. Amen.

July 21st, Fri, 6:49 am