Tuesday, October 10, 2017

31 Days of Chasing THE Light Day 10 {Day 282}




Practicing Light

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” 
~Matthew 5:14-16

It’s after breakfast that she sits at the piano and begins to play. She plays a song that I taught her and if I close my eyes I can see myself as a child playing this same song. She has gotten so good at this song that she could play it with her eyes closed. Knowing where each finger goes. Knowing each note that comes next. What she once struggled with or messed up on the melody…she now knows like the back of her hand. Practice…this is what it does. It makes us better and more comfortable with whatever we are practicing on.

This is how I want to feel with God. I want to know that I know it’s Him speaking to me. I want to pause before I leap when anger mounts. To practice walking with Him requires being present in His presence. It requires me to let go of control and see the world through Kingdom Eyes.

“We cannot trust who we do not know.” ~Wendy Blight

I don’t want to walk through my day feeling asleep. I want to feel alive, feel joy, feel peace…and in order to feel I need to practice being present.

Focus: Pay attention to the present

Zoom in (journal): Lean in when things get hard and write out your thanks to God.

Capture: Did you practice hunting for His light…His beauty today?

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