Dim your light

Posted: August 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

Dim your light? You are probably asking yourself how that lines up with what Jesus commanded:

In the same way, let your light shine before others,

that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

(Matthew 5:16)

Sounds contradictory right? But hang with me for a minute and the fog will lift and all will seem right in the world again…okay maybe not, but at least you will understand what I mean when I tell you to dim your light.

I am fascinated with astronomy and I love it when we are expecting a meteor shower. I always stay up late, throw a blanket out on the lawn, and wait for the show. The problem that always plagued my view of these spectacular events was light pollution.

You see, I lived in the city most of my life and all the lights from the city made it difficult to see the stars, let alone meteors.

It was frustrating but there was nothing I could do about it…or was there?

Darker the sky, brighter the stars

Sometimes I would drive out into the country away from all the city lights and the sky would look darker. The stars radiated like diamonds. I would see many meteors, sometimes 60 an hour.

Once I went on a mission trip to Belize. We traveled deep into the jungle to teach children at a missionary camp about Jesus. The first night, I was absolutely amazed at the brilliance of the stars against the ink black sky. I could even see the Milky Way. I saw meteor after meteor streaking across the sky. They were so bright that they left tracers.

I asked the locals if this was a scheduled meteor shower and they told me it was not. They informed me this happens every night, even where I lived in the States. They said we just can’t see it because of the light pollution from our cities.

When a jeweller wants his diamonds to sparkle he spreads them out over a black fabric. The darker the fabric, the brighter the diamonds.

Dim your Light

    The more we try to promote ourselves and our abilities, we ultimately drown out the Light of Christ. The brighter we shine the harder it is for others to see the Star of our light, Jesus. It’s not about us. It’s about Jesus.

Don’t allow light pollution from your life to impair other people’s view of Christ. His light needs to shine above all others.

You don’t have to pretend to have it all together. You don’t have to wear a happy mask to hide your pain. You don’t have to hide behind the facade of a perfect, trouble-free life.

It’s okay to let others know you struggle, we all do. Let them know that Christ is your strength in those times of weakness. The darker the situation in your life, the brighter Christ will shine. Remember: the darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

Let the light be a reflection of Christ

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