Can you recall as a child being afraid of the dark? If you were one of those unlucky kids you can remember how frightening it felt when the lights went out and you tried to focus on going to sleep. But sleep was the farthest thing from your mind. Instead you were filled with thoughts of evil creatures and bad people that you thought were lurking around your room.
As an adult, most likely you are no longer afraid of the dark. But whether we admit it or not, we still spent much of our lives living in darkness. What does it look like to live in darkness?
- When we hate we live in darkness
- When we lack joy we live in darkness
- When we promote disharmony we live in darkness
- When we are frustrated or intolerant we live in darkness
- When we merciless we live in darkness
- When we are spiteful or revengeful we live in darkness
- When we betray or dishonor others we live in darkness
- When we are harsh and uncompassionate we live in darkness
- When we react hastily and self-centered we live in darkness
But as His children, God calls us to come out of the darkness and walk toward His magnificent light.
“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people longing to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
So if I elect to remove myself from the darkness and move toward God’s light what changes would I expect to see in myself? For the answer we have to look no further than Galatians 5: 22-23.
- When we love we live in the light
- When we experience joy we live in the light
- When we bring peace we live in the light
- When we demonstrate patience we live in the light
- When we show kindness we live in the light
- When we display goodness we live in the light
- When we are faithful we live in the light
- When we are gentle we live in the light
- When we show self-control we live in the light
I will admit it is not easy to live in the light 24/7. My self-centeredness and mentality of “I want what I want” gets in the way of living in the Spirit. It is a daily commitment I must make as I continue along the path of picking up my cross each day and dying for Christ. Some days I do it better than others. But there are many days that I get pulled into acting upon worldly values instead of Spiritual values.
It all starts with self-reflection and asking God to help examine your heart to see what is dark and needs correcting. I hate this exercise because it troubles me when I find darkness lying in my heart (and I always do). Although I realize that no matter how much I work on changing my heart there will still be some darkness in it come Judgment Day. Having the ability to walk in the light is one of God’s great blessings that we would be foolish not to pursue.
So, where in your life is it still dark?
Eddie Capparucci, MA, LPC is a licensed professional counselor with a private practice in Marietta, GA. He can he reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also visit his blog at www.tamingchristianshame.com or website at www.abundantlifecounselingga.com