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Wake Up & SHINE!

This past Sunday Mark did a fabulous job talking about being Light!  If you get a chance you need yo listen to the whole message.  I’d like to take a minute and highlight on a segment of the message.  It comes from this passage in Ephesians:

8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:

“Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”  – Ephesians 5:8-14

Basically the above says that we all were darkness, but now we are Light in the Lord.  This Light that is being talked about exposes sin through being Light and brings visibility to those who are looking for a way out of darkness.  Then the final call is to “Wake Up, O Sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”  If we are going to be light we must “awake” so that Christ can shine on us!

So this leads us to the place of being intentional about awakening our spirituality.  Mark referenced this to waking someone up from a deep sleep!  They could be awaken either by a very alarming sound or by a gentle  touch.  It could be a gentle word or a strong challenge in life that are the ways that awaken us.  In this passage the quote, “Wake Up, O Sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” was probably referring to a common song that was sung in Paul’s day.  This is one reason why we sing songs today – it helps awaken us!  Daily we awaken ourselves by scripture reading, prayer, singing songs that honor God, journaling, sharing our faith, or anything that forces us to live out our faith.

The final thought is, are you positioning yourself to wake up or have you been in a deep sleep not willing to be wake up your spirit to the Light of Christ?  Whatever your answer, I hope you take the right steps in your life to allow Christ to Shine on you!


The Heart of 2010

2010 is here and I am beginning to think through my next steps for this year.  I’m asking myself what should I do different as I reflect on my actions from 2009?  How can I be more effective in reaching goals that God has placed in my heart?  I’ve learned for me, the best way to reach personal goals is to write them down and give myself starting dates and deadlines to meet.  Otherwise they just become wishes that I end up neglecting and hopes that don’t come to past.

2009 was a great year for me.  I was able to reach many goals.  The difficult part of reaching my goals, like many of us, is trying to  find “the balance” of life, relationships and personal goals  without losing what is most valuable.  That being for me, my relationship with God and my family.   So in order for me to stay on track I have to keep God at the center of everything that I do (He is the One leading and directing!) and include my family within the scope of my journey.  Allowing them to be my cheerleaders and having them join me in many great experiences.  I also have to shift my goals around and sometimes let go of my goals; so that I can help them achieve what is close to their heart.  Their life goals!  That may mean for me, a little longer strategy to reach my personal goals, but the precious family that God has given me is more valuable then anything that I could ever want to achieve in life.

I see this image in my mind of a man going through life winning awards and being recognized by many, but at the end of his life he looks around only to find that he is all alone.  I know for certain, that we don’t want to end up with a life filled full of accomplishments and a home that is empty!  So let 2010 be a year of new starts, new hope and a life filled full of love for what really matters.  Cheers to a New Year!

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