My parents taught me about Jesus and faith from birth. When I was eight, this faith made its way out of the abstract and into the heart of my own personal beliefs.
Eight-year-olds have small hands for grasping onto the weight of glory.
But it doesn’t matter. All I knew was Jesus came for me.
And it was enough.
But a decade later, there came season when I tossed my faith — my Savior — to the side in favor of selfish living.
I hate thinking about that time in my life.
For years, I ran from God…
… yet I somehow yearned for Him at the same time.
I knew He was pursuing me.
I knew He was inviting me back.
And oh, I missed His embrace.
But every time He drew near, I would shut Him out for one reason…
I didn’t want my selfish, sinful ways exposed.
I didn’t love the Light, because His holy Light reveals those damp, dark places within us where we protect and nurture the mildew of self-sufficiency.
And His Light begins to kill the mold of self.
I wanted life my way.
Even when my path led to misery and chaos.
Thank God that His light broke through.
It wasn’t an easy process.
It hurt… the way a spotlight burns eyes in the dark.
But oh, the glories I’ve seen since my eyes have adjusted.
I see more clearly than ever what nothing I am,
yet how valued I am
because of the Everything He is.
I once was blind, but now I see.
So I encourage you…
Invite the Light in.
I don’t promise ease.
In fact, you will be exposed. You will feel vulnerable. You will feel out of control.
But Your eyes will adjust.
Your heart will too.
His Light changes everything.
It’s worth it.
So worth it.
“We hide like thieves in shadows
Scared of the Sun
‘Cause we know that Light will find us
Us and all we’ve done”
These Hard Times, Needtobreathe
“This is the verdict:
Light has come into the world,
but people loved darkness instead of light
because their deeds were evil.
Everyone who loves evil hates the light,
and will not come into the light
for fear that their deeds will be exposed.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light,
so that it may be seen plainly that
what they have done has been done in sight of God.”
“When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long.
[…] Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD.’
And you forgave the guilt of my sin.”
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