Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I must admit that after spending the last three months teaching tennis outdoors, in the sunshine, my tan has never had a more solid base and my body has an incredible healthy golden bronze hue. I am looking pretty good these days!!
The other day I took Faith and Joshua to the pool and when I took off my shoes and socks and my t-shirt I realized something very horrifying... My feet are the most brilliant pasty white you have ever witnessed. My torso is equally pale in color and hue. I am not looking so good these days!!
Reality set in quickly as I realized I am only tanned and bronzed where the sun shines.
To further complicate things, after making this awful discovery I quickly lathered my pale body parts with sunscreen that had the sunblock number 250 on the side of the bottle. I did the best I could to keep the pale parts exactly that - PALE!
The harsh, stark reality is that I only let people see the tanned parts of my body of which I am most proud.
This raised a very deep question for me as I sat poolside wallowing in my own dilemma.
My spiritual life is only "tanned" and "bronzed" and worth showing off to the world around me where I allow the "Son" to shine.
Those areas of my spiritual life that are "pale", I go to great lengths to cover them up with "Sonblock"!
The time has come for me to take off the "shoes and socks and t-shirts" of my spiritual life and let the Son shine His light on me in such a way so as to have a more evenly "tanned" life.
Let the "Son" shine today and let the "pale" parts of life soak in the life giving rays of His love and grace!
And that's my iWitness...
Laugh often and Fear not!
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'" (John 8. 12)