• Jenny Lynn Keller

Lights On or Off?


This Southern-fried Friday question is—lights ON or OFF? Years ago when we first moved to a hilltop in the boonies, the night sky was coal black with zillions of vibrant stars strung across it. Since then, a bunch of other people found our little piece of paradise, and now their porch lights dot the valley below us and compete with the nightly star show. Don’t get me wrong, neighbors are good to have . . . some of the time . . . like during the day if you’re a star glazer.


On the other hand, Jesus is all for leaving your lights on 24/7. “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, The Message). Hmm, now there’s a good reason to leave our light on.


Your turn, are you a lights ON or lights OFF at night type of person? I love you either way . . . well, maybe a little less after dark.

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