We depend heavily on electricity. This is most apparent when lightening darts and alarm clocks tell flashing lies in the morning … Oops! That alarm should have went off a few hours ago and the workday was supposed to be underway… We’ve all been there. Sometimes, an evening to rough it without power creates space for a game of hide and go seek, or perhaps a much needed candle light vigil. A short-term power outage can be a fun adventure.
However, when the furnace dies and the water currents cease for long periods of time, danger encroaches.
The same is true in our lives. When we feel temporarily zapped of strength, this can be a blazing opportunity to dig deep, and discover new heights in our faith and our lives. Challenges can produce deep character. God uses this fresh-formed character to give the world love transfusions through the actions of His people.
However, when a power outage sets in for too long in our lives, serious hazards emerge. Sometimes, people in your world will make you feel powerless. Whether through words, actions or attitudes – they can leave negative soap scum on your heart if you let them … sometimes the challenges of life shout loud that you are helpless, toothless and immobilized. It can be tempting to believe the power is out and will never come back on.
The truth is … we are not powerless people. The power is on in your life because it never dies out … because once and for all the switch was flipped, the flame was lit and the source was secured. God has given you the ability to choose how you think.
“Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God” – 1 Peter 3:18. You’ve been given access to the greatest power fountain imaginable, and He has authorized you to choose your thoughts.
You are not powerless. You are full of the stuff … however, if someone has convinced you that you’re experiencing an ongoing outage … eventually, you will stop trying to turn on the light in your life. One flip of your belief can reveal sweet light. Light changes everything. Light allows people to walk in proper and helpful directions, and to navigate unruly terrain. Light reveals hidden pitfalls and brings health and vigor to the body and soul. We were made to walk in light … the light reminds us that joy is not subject to our conditions, but instead our beliefs. Thoughts that are true, noble, right, admirable, excellent, and praise-worthy (Phil 4:8) are just a choice away. Be encouraged to flip the switch, moment by moment, and notice how shafts of light poke holes through gloom.
Check out how the incredible Sam Berns keeps the power on in his life! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36m1o-tM05g