Ever had one of those days where nothing good seems to come out of your mouth? You know, the “if mama ain’t happy, nobody’s gonna be happy” kind of day? You bark orders at your children, you criticize your husband and you even let the dog have a piece of your mind. Can I just raise my hand and say that was me a few days ago. And it was ugly.
I think we can still be friends though because I bet you’ve been that woman too. Maybe you are that woman today- like right now.
Why does our speech plague us so? We are Christians. Saved. Bought with the blood of the Lamb. And yet, some-days we don’t talk like we know anything of God’s grace or His amazing love. Even though deep down -we know we should.
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I asked my family to forgive me and I even gave the dog a minute of attention to let him know we’re still good. But I don’t want a repeat! Do you? Why do we loose it over and over again?
Why is Ephesians 4:29 so hard to do?
My pastor recently told a story about his young son buying a glow in the dark ball at the store. He got home and immediately ran into the bathroom to see it’s mysterious bright glimmer in the darkness. But it didn’t work. It wasn’t glowing.
He came to his Dad to tell him the ball was broken. “It’s not broken” His father told him. “It just needs some time in the light” He held the ball up real close to a light bulb and let it bask in its warm glow.
The boy ran back to the bathroom, and to his pleasant surprise, the ball that once was dark and dead was now shining like a jewel in his hand.
Aren’t we so much like that ball?
We are so quick to tell ourselves that our Christianity is just broken. We are no longer glowing in a darkened world and we spit bitter words out as proof. Words that benefit others, that build up, that meet their needs – those don’t come. And they don’t come because we have been sitting on a shelf in a dark room when there is a light just around the corner.
That light is not just an ordinary light. Not a bulb. Not a floodlight. It’s incomparable to what we see here on earth.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said,
“I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”
That light- the source- is no one but Jesus. Many will attempt to counterfeit, but they will all pale in comparison to the life giving radiance of Jesus.
So, the next time you’re on empty and your words are swinging around like a wrecking ball, tell yourself:
I need more of Jesus.
The dishes can wait. The laundry can pile up. You need more Jesus. You need some time in the light.
Question: If you only have 5 minutes to recharge, how do you do it? Read, pray, worship? What’s your go to?