When a tiny green light is a teacher


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The darkness was pierced by the tiny green light.

Why did it feel that every time she closed her eyes, she could almost feel the warmth of the green light searing into her eyeballs, penetrating through the shield of her closed eyelids?

There were nights that she would toss and turn, ranting in her mind about the power of the half-centimeter circular light coming from her bedroom electronics.

If it weren’t for that stupid evil green light, she’d probably be asleep by now.

Yet it persisted, glowing and growing in her consciousness until she’d had enough.

She pounced out of bed, exasperated, and grabbed her black sleep mask from her drawer. If only she’d gotten frustrated enough to use it an hour ago. The cool darkness now eased her eyelids.


Ahhhh, now that’s better, she thought.

She laid in peaceful darkness, and her rhythmic breathing soon lulled her to sleep.



How many times I’ve thought about the evil green electronic light in my room! Duct tape would surely cure this problem, covering the teeny green glow so that it would be silent and not interrupt my peace at night.

The thing is, the horrible little light has been my tutor many nights, teaching me about the power of my influence and your influence in dark places.

Surely there are people who detest the small persistent light that you and I carry when we have the light of Christ in us.

Perhaps our light dims or brightens at times.

Yet it still pierces the darkness, illuminating the cool and comforting black room that we all prefer at times.


Shine on, friends.



The power to change a life

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Wow. I had a moment recently. Have you ever been talking with someone, and as you are saying something you think is factual, the real truth will wash over you? I was talking with my college-aged son about a heinous crime that was on trial. My son is very compassionate and insightful, and he had a much kinder perspective than me. He sympathized with the victim, but also the accused. He emphasized that the accused is a human being, a person with value and feelings….I interrupted, not surprisingly, to argue my point. Yes, the accused is a person made in God’s image. BUT, they must stand before a judge to face the consequences of any wrong-doing. I emotionally presented my case; I was so certain I was right that my fingers may have been in my ears as I talked, wanting to block out anything else he was saying.

It was then that the real truth came over me, making my face feel flushed as it went downward to my chest. I realized that I was judging someone by one of their worst acts. What if you judged me by my worst acts, my worst habits, or thoughts, or attitudes? I would certainly be convicted of being a horrible human being. You would cease to remember anything good that I have ever done, because the horror of the bad things would overshadow any good. I think I suddenly stopped talking mid-sentence, but I’m not sure. Then I told my son, “Hold on, I am having a God-moment.”

If you were to judge me by the worst things I have done and said, I would be GUILTY

I saw myself clearly for a moment. If Jesus’ blood and righteousness had not ever covered my sin, I would be toast, to put it very lightly. The power of Jesus Christ to change a life is almost indescribable. If you knew me just 15 years ago, you would certainly see that God has made me into a new creation. Not a perfect person, but definitely a NEW person. A person who thinks and acts and believes differently than the old me. And now, because of the power of Jesus to change a life, when God looks at me He doesn’t condemn me to the burning pit that I deserve. Instead,  He gives me a new heart and mind, and looks at me as righteous because of His Son’s shed blood.   Does this sound a little churchy or weird? Don’t take my word for it. Check out what Scripture says in Romans 4, concerning the righteousness of God:

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. (emphasis mine)