Sunday, November 23, 2008

"From a distance..."

(Do you hear Bette Midler in your head? Are you singing it?)

I came across this AWEsome site on another blog the other day, and it is seriously AWE. some. Awe inspiring. Click around to a few different satellites sometime in the evening until you find your part of the world at night. (The Sirius ones are over good places to view the US.) It's so breath taking to see the lights of our big cities shining in the darkness. And even the lights of the smaller ones speckled across our great nation.

As I sit here and look at our country in darkness, with so many concentrations of light shining so brightly so as to be seen from miles above our planet, I think of my own life. I know this might sound cheesy, but so be it. I want to shine like that. I want my life to shine so brightly that someone miles away... states away... a whole world away will be impacted by my light. Except that it's not my light, it's the light of Christ in me. It's the light of the salvation I have embraced in my savior, the light of a life transformed by walking in His Spirit. Do you see? All you who say, "Your life is different. I want what you have. I want your joy, your assurance, your peace, your stability." It's not me, but the life of Christ that's in me. It's so simple. It's not rules. It's not religion. It's not tiring legalism. It's simply believing in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and placing your trust in Him.

That's it.

If your life is not marked by this joy, this assurance, this peace, then why don't you change that? Right now. Just give your life to Him. It's that simple. Placing your trust in Jesus Christ, and then living your life in that trust.

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16

"When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

"It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth." Isaiah 49:6

"The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light." Romans 13:12

Go. See the lights. Be inspired.
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Thany said...


I think "light" is exactly how I would describe you should someone force me to use only one word. (And even then, I'd probably break the rules.)