A kid-free, work-free weekend? I had not had one of those in over 2 years – and I was excited. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE my family. But having time to reflect, pray, and catch up with friends? I need that too.
“You ARE the Light of the World” the speaker said with great confidence. “God said you are, and so you ARE”.
Interesting… I don’t feel like much of a light. But as I pondered on this more and more, I realized that she was absolutely right.
All my close co-workers know my faith is important to me, I am very open about my faith, and have had good conversations about God with everyone in my department.
Yet I not a week goes by that one of them doesn’t talk to me about something inappropriate. The swearing, and off-colored jokes are constant.
During the weekend I realized that I had unconsciously been basing my “being a light” by how many people were changed because of the light in me. And since no one was changing, I did not consider myself to be much of a light. But now I was realizing that my “being a light” is not the same as “my success rate”.
Rather, I am a light because He says I am. Period.
I also thought I wasn’t much of a light because I still fall so short. All the time. I get irritated, I lose my temper. I try not to gossip, but still I find myself falling short.
But that was wrong thinking too.
I am not a light because I am perfect, I am a light because He said I am. Just because I didn’t feel like a light doesn’t mean that I’m not a light.
Did you catch that? Just because I didn’t feel like a light doesn’t mean that I’m not a light!
I am a light because He said I am. Period. End of story.