Harsh Light

Harsh Light
  • Bible Reading Matthew 5:13-16 
  • Focus Scripture Matthew 5:16, In the same way, let your light shine before people so that they can see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
  • Harsh Light- YouTube Video Link

As a photographer, I often look for well-lit areas and try to avoid direct sunlight if needed. Of course, it all depends on what the goal is. I recently went on a sunset photo shoot and afterward found myself driving down a country road. As the sun faded the sky gave way to the stars and it became increasingly darker. With no street lights to illuminate the way I found myself switching on my high beam headlights.
Occasionally a car would appear in the distance and I reminded myself to turn my high beams down. I noticed that they would do the same. With each car that came into view, overwhelming light reflected back into my eyes and we responded by turning down the level to balance the brightness. The moment we passed the lights would flick back up to its brightest exposure shining into the darkness ahead. How amazing??? Not knowing who was behind the wheel of the oncoming vehicle we each reacted with compassion because we knew what the other was experiencing. (Spiritual food for thought.)

Our light coming towards each other may be too bright and cause one of us to look away. Instead, if we adjust, the other can stay on course. Joining the individual light we are able to see more than we did alone, by working together to highlight the areas that were once hidden. We don’t have to dominate by blinding others out of fear of what cannot be seen.  We control the lights on our vehicles as a way of guiding others traveling alongside us. Using God’s light to, guide others, warn them, or adjusting to accommodate their vision is how we remain useful in God’s plan.


Journal Prompts 

  1. How Bright is Your light?
  2. Do you cause others to shy away?
  3. Is it a light of humility or prideful arrogance?
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  1. Victoria

    I feel drawn to answering question 3 and must always remind myself that when I accomplish or achieve something it’s not for me but the father. Victoria

    • ourgivenpurpose

      All for the glory of God! Yes! Thank you for sharing the conviction of your heart. We must keep our eyes on our Lord and Savior and not forget He is mindful of everything we say and do. ❤️

  2. Carolyn Slaughter

    A “Powerful” Message!

    • ourgivenpurpose

      Amen! The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped! Glory to God in the Highest. ❤️

  3. Broderick Slaughter

    Oh my Queen. I pray everyday that my light is just bright enough to lead anyone in the right direction. Everybody’s light is different, some brighter, some shine for their own guidance, and some actually bright enough to show someone else the direction they could go. I Thank God for leading you down that path, to discover how to use your light. 😍 I love you.

    • ourgivenpurpose

      How we use our light is truly a reflection of God’s grace and mercy. Acting in forgiveness and not hostility towards one another is a step closer to loving our neighbor as ourselves. I love you Beloved, thank you for adjusting your light as needed. ❤️

  4. Umm! How convicting! I pray that my light, character, shines bright to illuminate JESUS and not be a spotlight on me. Great words of wisdom and questions for self evaluation Daughter. Love agape, Mom

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