Archive for April, 2012

Illumination

April 12, 2012

I decided to take a brisk walk/run early this morning. It was dark when I stepped outside my building, except for one bright tree. It was beautiful. It stood out amidst the darkness because of its light. I got close to it and saw that a tall light was in the center of the tree causing the illumination. All around it was nothing but darkness. The tree was never tempted to join the darkness. It didn’t want to be like the crowd. If so, it would lose its distinction of bringing beauty and light.

Are we being light in this dark world full of sin, despair and deceit? May our distinctive be the sweet aroma of Christ, seeing all of life from His perspective and responding in love and grace.

 

Getting Unstuck

April 1, 2012

I was at an event last week when the lady sitting next to me made a comment about the speaker’s appearance. I hadn’t noticed it until she said it and once she said it I began to focus on it. The observation (although minor) became a distraction for awhile. I got stuck on it. I kept thinking about the “flaw” rather than the presentation.

Then I began to wonder, Why does it come so effortlessly for us to focus on what’s wrong than what’s right? Why does “what’s wrong” stay lodge in our minds for so long? There is so much more “right” with every person than wrong.

We get to choose what we think. From now, by God’s grace, I’ve decided to make a concerted effort to dwell on what’s right about people and even when I see what’s wrong, keep it to myself. I don’t want anyone else getting stuck because of what I see and say.