I married Mr. Microscope. He fixes things — medical things. And as his Mrs. Microscope, I try to help out by doing the paperwork that he is not fond of. So, I learned a little Quick Books from our accountant, and every weekend, I spend about an hour entering data. After a while, my fingers get into a rhythm: “Routine Service. Olympus CHT binocular microscope. Noted no significant findings. Image quality is good at this time.”
Tonight, however, God spoke to me clearly as I was typing out an invoice. This specific piece of equipment had some “issues” apparently. I read my husband’s work order description and typed the following: “Noted unit will not light up and light intensity potentiometer is broken….”
I stopped there. Oh my! I immediately pictured a heavenly meter that measured my potential. I wonder how God would rate my “light intensity” this past week. I certainly don’t ever want Him to say of me, “This one just won’t light up…”
Thankfully, I know just the place to go when I need a little routine maintenance. I head to the Holy Spirit shop and get back to the basics — Bible reading, prayer, church attendance, fellowship, and serving others. All these tools work together to get me back up and shining.
The Living Word is my “potentiometer” — I need to keep examining my light’s effectiveness by looking into the Bible daily and making adjustments as needed. Paul understood this concept and challenged the church at Philippi to keep shining brightly:
“Go out into the world uncorrupted,
a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society.
Provide people with a glimpse
of good living and of the living God.
Carry the light-giving Message into the night
so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you
on the day that Christ returns.”
Philippians 2:15, MSG
Light up the place, friends. Life lies ahead, and we are to point the way. Keep connected to your Power Source.
Q4U: How do you gauge the effectiveness of your witness? How do you stay “well lighted” in your spirit?
My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.” Find out what that means here.
Joining like-minded sisters today at Faith-Filled Friday, Thought-Provoking Thursday, Tell His Story, Playdates with God, Hear it on Sunday: Use it on Monday, and Soli Deo Gloria.