Oh, but we like to forget, don't we? It's not that we mean to, it's just that presenting only Light seems easier... better... like a complete story.
We are all searching... stretching and growing and becoming who He intended for us to be! We want to know who we really are... we want to have confidence in our calling and live an authentic life.
We want to --or at least we want to want to!
We talked about it last week here... about how we are called to put down our Masks and be who God created and gifted us to be! We have talked about how we need to stop comparing and competing... how you don't have to wait to hit your 40's to walk in freedom and care more about the big things, and less about all the little things!
But in all our searching... in all our laying things down, let us not forget this:
"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light." (Ephesians 5:8)
We were once darkness... before we saw the Light - we were darkness.
I am a lover of Light! As an artist, a photographer, a believer in Christ - I LOVE the Light! I love how it comes in and shifts... how it just takes a little light to cut through a world of darkness. I love how in any given landscape, situation, or circumstance, Light floods in and changes our perspective!
Nothing has changed, but everything changes.
And Oh how we love that! We love a dramatic turn around... a powerful testimony... a story of redemption and transformation! We love that stuff... it's what greatness is made of!
And yet, when it comes to our own testimony... our own redemption, our own stories of darkness, predawn... or our lives, not even before Christ, but of our lives last week, when darkness surrounded us... oh - those stories go mostly untold.
We forget... We want to be authentic, but we also want to look like we have always been in the Light, --like we are always abiding where shadows never fall.
Oh friend... I am preaching to myself here. For I know how much we love to tell redemption stories after they are all wrapped up and tied with a bloodstained bow. But we live our every day lives in the midst of the stories we are writing, and play acting our way through it does nothing to shine the light.
The only thing it does is save face. But in all this earth, where we are to pull down heaven and shine the Light... we don't need to save face, we need saving grace - and how will they know, if we don't always just point to Him?
While going through my Bible study, one of the questions that stood out to me was to ask God how we can declare His praises to show the world that He has called us out of darkness, into His wonderful (wonder-filled) light (1Pet2:9).
As I was praying about this the other day... praying into Identity and where we find it and how to live out an authentic life, this is the answer that I heard from the heart of the Father...
"Testify with words, both written and in conversation, but also with actions --in how you love and live every day!
Don't try to act like you're always in the Light
--like you've never known darkness.
Perfectionism has never glorified Me!"
Bam. (Drops the mic.)
That, right there, can be a life changing statement!
God called me to lay down perfectionism quite awhile ago and for the most part, sans losing hours to Pinterest, I have followed Him in not listening to that nagging, mocking, voice of comparison and judging. Perfectionism will run you ragged and you will never measure up. It's a cycle of madness and oh my word, there is such freedom in letting it go!
Instead, let's be willing to be brave and be real and share our real life stories, as they are being written.
We don't need to know how it all wraps up, when we know the One who knows the whole story is wrapping us close in His loving arms!
No, let's not wait until everything is airbrushed and photoshopped and 'print-ready'... that's never the real story, anyway! And those stories of perfection? They isolate... they make others feel less than, and as the Lord pointed out, Perfectionism has never glorified Him!
It glorifies us. Perfectionism makes US look good, and while He is not opposed to that, He wants the Glory... He is the hero of every story!
So instead of faking perfection, He prefers it when we say we were once darkness. Twenty years ago, yes... but if I'm honest, I was once darkness last week too...
I miss the mark. I let doubt or anger or jealousy creep in.
But, I am now light in the Lord and when I stumble, I stumble into Grace...
Stumble with me, won't you?
Linking up with these lovely ladies:
The Community over at Unforced Rhythms...
Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday
Kelly Balarie for #RaRaLinkUp