Posted in Seek Peace and Pursue it

The Little Light of Mine

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.

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