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I just spent several days in a hotel room thousands of miles from home. Every morning I got myself ready in the bathroom, just like at home. The white marble vanity offered plenty of space for everything I needed and the large mirror hanging above it was large enough to see my whole outfit at a glance. I left my room looking and feeling great, ready for the busy day ahead.
Three days later, I was back at home. The tumbled marble vanity was still large enough to hold all my stuff and the mirror was still on the wall, but I looked different. Staring at my own reflection, I noticed how tired I looked. The grit and grime that comes from travel seemed to have settled in the delicate lines of my face. I looked terrible - a run down, worn out version of myself.
After a long shower and a little facial TLC, I began thinking about why I looked so different in the hotel room than I did at home. Then I had a light bulb moment (literally). The difference was the light. The hotel bathroom was an enclosed room drenched in a soft, white light. While my bathroom at home has several light fixtures and two large windows allowing natural light to flow through.
We get to choose which light we shine onto our lives as well. Do we only allow soft, ambient light that makes the things we do and say look good? Or do we allow God to shine His light into our lives revealing the areas of buildup in desperate need of cleaning? Sure, we may all look better in the softer light, but does that reflect who we really are?
Now that I’m back in my regular routine and have rested, my bathroom mirror is a bit kinder. I’ll admit, I enjoyed leaving my hotel room each day looking a little more finished than I normally do. But the funny thing is, outside of that hotel room, I looked the same way I do every other day – I was the only one who didn’t know it! So, I think I’ll stick with the pure light of Christ. He faithfully shows me a clear picture of who I really am and who He’s making me to be. In the end, everyone gets to see Jesus through me and I can’t look any better than that!
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12