Potentiometer

light shines

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.

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This Little Light of Mine

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My husband is a creature of the dark.  I no longer enjoy eating at certain restaurants because he hates the way the pin point lighting bothers him.  We had to purchase new stand up torchiere lamps for our home because the bright bulbs on the ceiling fan gave him a headache.  Through his eyes, I have learned that too much light is not only blinding, it’s painful.

My man’s aversion to too much light came to mind today as I was reading in the Gospels.  God calls on me to be a “light to the world” so that others may see Him more clearly:

 “No one lights a lamp, then hides it in a drawer.

It’s put on a lamp stand

so those entering the room have light to see where they’re going.

Your eye is a lamp, lighting up your whole body.

If you live wide-eyed in wonder and belief,

your body fills up with light.

If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust,

your body is a dank cellar.

Keep your eyes open, your lamp burning,

so you don’t get musty and murky.

Keep your life as well-lighted as your best-lighted room.”

Luke 11: 33-36, MSG

I read this passage with a different mindset — I pictured what my husband would define as “well-lighted.”  The light should allow you to see things more clearly. but it should be comfortable and inviting, not stark and repelling.  I was reminded of the song I sang in childhood, “This little light of mine…”  It doesn’t say “This floodlight of mine…”  I need to stay connected to Him, the Light of the world, and ask Him to keep my bright light burning — at a level that others find attractive, not offensive.

Q4U:  How do you let your little light shine?  Can you relate to my husband’s aversion to the light?

My one-word focus for the year is “fruitilicious.”  Find out what that means here.

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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.
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