Wednesday morning I opened Facebook only to see that a friend had been struck and injured by a drunk driver. While that was a shock…my heart sank as I learned that this had happened five weeks ago. How could that be? Five weeks ago? I had been trying to cut back my Facebook usage but still get on from time to time and try to keep it brief…just a quick glance as I scroll through and look at status updates and pictures. How on earth did I miss this?
Woven together in the fabric of the day was a sermon at church on Wednesday night. While it wasn’t the main focus of the sermon, the pastor drew attention to our tendency as Christians to hang out with Christians.
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
We are to shine our light before OTHERS…but, what we end up doing is shining our light around other Christians. Lighting our light and salting our salt. He said something to the effect of “what good is it to turn your flashlight on and shine it in broad daylight?”
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, ”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:6
A few years back, some challenges and trials caused me to pull back from life, re-evaluate friendships, and focus my relationship with God and then with my husband. While we were facing these challenges, I insulated myself so I could focus…I recoiled. The thing is- I never really let back out. I am still insulated and while I am not as recoiled as I used to be, I am still recoiled. I have had blinders on and have been hyper-focused but, as a result I have not looked around to the needs of others (unless their needs were in eyeshot of my obstructive blinders).
Pray for me folks. While insulating myself was necessary for a time…I need to step out and take off the blinders that keep me so focused on the little space around me. It may involve ditching Facebook and talking to REAL people. (That is another post in itself.)
Taking the blinders off may be a process, but one thing is for sure…It’s time to look around and shine a little light.