Apr 12, 2012

Thursday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: 1 John 3


Good morning, SHINE girls! 


I have a little surprise for you! Lisa Inlow is guest blogging! 


**Applause, Applause!**




She may kill me for posting a picture without asking her.
I'm okay with that.
She is just so beautiful, I had to show her off.
This is us at our birthday dinner. 


For the record, I get kind of tired of hearing myself speak, so I asked my sweet Lisa to post today.


If you are new to SHINE, Lisa is a regular guest poster. She is also one of my very best friends, and one of my spiritual mentors. Yep, she's all that and a bag of cool ranch Dorito's. 


I bet she's blushing by now. 


As usual, her message is exactly what I needed to hear. It always is.


Be blessed by Lisa's words today. 


This Little Light Of Mine


1 John 3, along with it's preceding chapters seems to me to have a similar thread running through.  And this is the Lisa Inlow version...


First.  Get off the fence!  I.E.,  if you love ME, serve me with your whole heart, every day, all day long.  Don't have one foot in the world, and one foot on the Straight & Narrow...doesn't work.


Second.  Love people.  All people.  Nice people.  Not nice people.  And all those folks in-between.


Okay, so what about this scenario.  I have a friend, she and I are wonderful fence-riders.  We have a decades long friendship, were we've straddled the fence, walked in the world big time, and every blue moon, we've tiptoed on the straight and narrow...but not for long, we hop back on that fence together.


Let's say I've started maturing and growing in my walk with my Savior.  I start seeing the joy, light, peace, love, all while walking with Him, on the straight and narrow.


My friend and I get together and do our [usual] thing, go to our usual place, talk about our usual stuff, gossip a little, maybe drink one too many margaritas or glasses of wine, gossip a little more, throw the hubby's under the table, shop too much where you have to hide bags in your closet or trunk b/c your husband will be upset...this is what we've always done...for years.


I drive home and my spirit is pricked, I feel guilty, and know I did not walk in or show my friend, the light.  Did I just get back on the fence?


1 John 3:6  Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.1 John 2:3-6  And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments. If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.


Now let's get to the nitty gritty.  I love my friend, always have, always will.  But I see some things differently.  I know I need to tighten up, straighten up my behavior, and conversations.  I want to.  I am in love with Jesus, and He is showing Himself to me.  He is pushing me to mature, grow-up.  Now what?


Girls my hands have been frozen over my keyboard b/c I cannot express to y'all how much I struggle with this very thing, the "now what"...cuz I dig me some girlfriends and all girlfriend say and do.  It can be very medicinal, or just plain fun, right??


So how do we stay on the path of Light, being sold out for Jesus, truly SHINE for Him, daily...and love our friend who is not fully walking in the Light, but yet don't climb back on the fence with her because it would be so awkward, otherwise??


We pull her to the Light.


Will it be awkward when you see a gossip session is starting up that you change the subject or say, "I don't feel comfortable talking about this, can we talk about something else"?  YES.


You look smokin' hot in a dress and you know it's too much but your friend is pushing you to purchase.  To say, "I know [insert husband name here] does not want me to spend this much money tonight" [awkward pause]  YES.


Is there a chance she will give us the cold shoulder or worse, throw us to the curb?  YES.


Stay in the Light.  For HIM.


Love others by showing them the Light.  And this is tough...even when they are not interested or are having fun in the darkness.  I've been in the darkness, and it is fun...for a short time.


I wish y'all knew how this post comes from way down deep in my heart.  Truly walking with my Savior and striving to be a light to others can [for a time] push the others away.  And it is no fun.  I have learned that while pleasing people, being safe, not rocking the spiritual boat, riding on the fence, I was displeasing the Father.


Loving others by shining my feeble light, is showing love to my Savior.  Who hung on that cross for me.  Who took on all my nasty filth, out of pure love for me.


I think He is worth it.  And I will continue on.  For Him.


Do y'all remember this song from children's church?


This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.


Hide it under a bushel? NO!
I'm gonna let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? NO!
I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.


Won't let Satan blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine.
Won't let Satan blow it out, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.


SHINE sisters, it's time to SHINE our lights.  All day.  Everyday.


Regardless.

11 comments:

Laurie Duncan said...

Oh my WORD!! This has changed my day! Thank you and thank you for keeping it real!! I want to SHINE and stay out of the dark!

Linda Mayo said...

OH!MY!GOODNESS! WHEW! Did that step on MY toes? Uh huh! Yep, that would be me! Thanks so much for that much needed reminder today. Amazing what you can find out about yourself while reading the Bible, huh? I will definitely be working on "Letting My Little Light Shine Today!"
Thanks so much for your faithfulness,
Linda

Women Who Pray said...

Whewww!!!!! Lisa you have stepped on all toes...I truly believe!! The delightful part is that you stopped and paused with the now what part...

Just had to deal with all this recently...can't place details here...but my heart was so torn between the fun with bff part and the obeying God part...the denying self part.

On this side of the decision to shine....WOWEEE!!!! Did the LORD show up and bless beyond all that I could ask or expect!

Seeing the Way...the path...knowing that it exists and is available...just is not enough...even if we occasionally...or even most of the time walk it.

To know...and even to will (want to do) is not enough...Doing the will of the Father...obeying all that we know to do...because to know to do and to do it not is sin.

Once we Do what He says...I AM shows Himself!!! Woo Hoo!!!! Gloorrryy!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Lisa! Well said, very well said! :) Love, Sarah

Mary Hudgins Balicki said...

So good, Lisa!!! We have to be in the LIGHT when being in the LIGHT may not be cool. Joining you there. xoxo!

Rebekah Hudgins Vepraskas said...

This is great stuff, Lisa. I love your face! :)

Beka

Anonymous said...

I will definately shine my light a little brighter because of this post and 1John 3:6
Danielle C.

Anonymous said...

This has been one of my biggest challenges in my spiritual walk...thank you, Lisa! Beautifully said!!!

Kelly Temple

Ashley Moon said...

Love this....and now I can't stop singing LET IT SHINE!!!!!Smiling from ear to ear!

Angela Crowe said...

I wanted to "publicly" tell you how awesome you are! My life changed the first time you ever posted and I seem to grow a little more with every bit of Godly wisdom you impart! Lisa, anyone who is blessed to call you friend is a better person for having you in their life...this I am sure! Referring to this post...Whew, you always get me in the gut...but it's a good punch (haha!) Thank you once again for your boldness in proclaiming His truth and encouraging us SHINE girls to do just that....SHINE for HIM!!!!!!!!!!! Love you sister!

Lisa said...

thanks girl. xoxo.