Monday, February 4, 2013

Lights Out?

Yes, we did have a Superbowl Party for the students last evening during and our house was comfortably filled.  No one really had a "dog in the fight" on this one, so interest in the game seemed to surround more of the games we had attached to the scores at each quarter and whether or not someone said the word "football" during the first quarter.  Watching Beyonce wasn't exactly a positive half time show for a church youth group, although the nerd in me gives her credit for the CGI graphics employed in the show.

Then it happened.  The lights went out.  The biggest television event of the year which entices people to spend over a billion dollars surrounding the event...and someone forgets to pay the power bill?  No, the outage was a safety trip - one that I'm glad our power companies have built into the grid.  But it did cause a "delay of game" for about 30 minutes while students stocked back up on snacks.

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)

It got me thinking.  If an event of this magnitude, with 4-million-dollar commercials, pyrotechnics & CGI enhanced half-shows, and a contest between the two best football teams in nation can be stopped by light (or a lack of light).  What can be stopped by the light of God?

Sometimes I find myself overwhelmed by the magnitude of God's plan.  With over 7 Billion people on the planet, there is much work to be done to "go and make disciples of all nations."  It's even more overwhelming when you look at the things the world entices to watch, believe, and follow.  

How will His mission be accomplished in the midst of all this?  Light.  
Light stopped the Super Bowl.  
Light will change the world.  
Let His Light shine through you today.

This little light of mine -
I'm going to let it shine.

This little light f mine - 
I'm going to let it shine.

This little light of mine -
I'm going to let it shine -
let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.