Friday, September 26, 2014
We have the Light within us to drive out the darkness of these toxic emotions. That Light bursts forth not when we yield some Jedi-mind-trick to tap into its power, but when we open our hands and let go of our desire to control everything in our path. We can't embrace anything when we live tight-fisted. We can't offer grace to another until we've first received it ourselves.
In a letter written to the early church, the Apostle Paul wrote of his own personal demons, "... and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations... At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—...I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become." (The Message).
The Light can't drive out the darkness until we turn toward it, not denying the existence of the dark, but rather choosing to live in the Light. Blogger Ann Voskamp writes, "...all the shadows we all live with everywhere just prove there is Light." And because of that Light, we can always get up again. Prizefighter Jack Dempsey said, "A champion is someone who gets up when he can't." (via John Sowers in The Heroic Path). May the Light brighter than all darkness lift you above any toxic emotions you may face today.