I work in a dark office.
As in like, it closely resembles Chili’s lighting or a nice, romantic steakhouse on Valentine’s Day.
Most of our office is lit up with lamps, except for the offices that surround the office which have large windows and lots of natural sunlight.
Well, since I first began my job a year and a half ago, I have worked in the darker area until recently I switched offices. As I started to bring everything over to my new space, I was shocked by all the DUST that had accumulated behind my computer! It was not until I was surrounded by natural sunlight that I noticed all the marks on my computer screen.
Um, no wonder I was sneezing.
Also, when I first saw the marks on my screen, what did I do, you may ask
I turned off the lights. Duh.
MAGIC! All gone. Like it was never there.
Honestly, at the time, I really had so much to do and didn’t have the time to tend to my “mess” right then so I put it on the back-burner. I let the dust accumulate, while still remembering and being accountable to the reality I knew existed.
While this is not a big issue, don’t we do this in our everyday lives? With issues that actually matter?
When the lights come on and the truth is staring us in the face, we simply turn the lights off. Run away. Act as though it never existed. Pray no one else witnessed our mess so we can avoid all chances of having to remain accountable to someone. And keep going, right?
But the reality is, we know it’s there.
We know how our life looks with the lights on, the mask off, the truth out, the real deal in plain sight and it is a mess.
When Jesus enters any situation, the lights are turned on and any façade that previously existed is torn to shreds. The real “us” is staring back at us in the mirror and we are ashamed of who we have become.
But Jesus doesn’t turn on the lights because He is scared of what He might see or because He doesn’t know what it really looks like—He is never surprised!!! He just wants us to be real with ourselves.
When you turn on the lights and handle situations willingly letting all the ugly, good and in between hang out, life is SO MUCH BETTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I didn’t say comfortable. And I didn’t say easier. Because that would be a straight up lie. Turning the lights on requires accountability and transparency. It requires honesty and humility. But once you work in the light, you question how you ever handled the tough stuff before.
When you choose to live a lifestyle that is in the light, there is a greater standard of excellence that comes with your everyday actions. It is not because you expect perfection, as we all know that is impossible, but rather because we know our handling of situations reflects the teaching of the shadow we stand in, right?
So, I’m challenging you. I’m challenging you to let it all hang out. You don’t have to (and you won’t) know or understand all the details or how A plus B will ever equal C, but when all your puzzle pieces are lit up by His sovereignty, it is a heck of a lot easier to put a puzzle together.
Let the light in. Let is transform you and the way that you live. You were meant to be there
“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