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Light and Shadow

In being a Christian I have noticed that from time to time your light can get under someone’s skin, or cause them in some way to be offended.  Nearly everytime it is caused by a misinterpretation or poor communication.

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This happened to me recently.  It made me think about light and how that a great percentage of the time light casts shadows.  A shadow cannot be cast without light.  Shadows seem to be an unfortunate side effect of light…  Jesus even said that offences must come.  Yet, as I tend to not accept negative perspectives without a fight, I tried to think of the feasibility of “shadow prevention.”

I came up with only two ways not to cast a shadow (or in essence cause offence…  Jesus also said, “but woe to him by whom the offence comes”):

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#1. Be directly under the light source.
Technically, in the instance, a shadow is still cast; yet it is cast directly under the object so it cannot be seen.  This is also an awfully difficult thing to do in nature.
If shadow casting is unavoidable…  Then let me bring myself directly under the Light Source – in 100% submission to God – as to cast the shadow under my feet, where it cannot be seen.

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#2. Be the light source.
This is the real way to live, albeit a difficult task to which I can say I have been called, but cannot say I have attained.
“Ye are the light of the world…” (Jesus, again)
The light itself doesn’t cast the shadow.  The lamp shade will.  The object the light touches will.  But, the light cannot.  A shadow is darkness.  Light drives darkness away. 

I believe it was Francis Assisi that said:

“All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”

So, as Newworldson sings on my radio:

When we struggle and it all goes wrong
Only you can make it right
So I say
Oh oh oh oh oh
I’m learning to be the light
whoa, whoa
I’m learning to be the light
whoa, whoa

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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Musings