As Christ followers, we are called to be a light in a dark world. We are called to help bring clarity to a world that is covered in a fog of confusion, selfishness, greed, and disappointment. We are called to help people navigate this journey on earth is such a way that they can see dangerous obstacles ahead in enough time for them to go around them and not have to find them AFTER a collision happens.
I wonder how well we’re doing that? I wonder how many of us insist on going everywhere with our bright lights blazing- even when conditions are foggy. You see, not all light is useful light. Sometimes light can be blinding and cause more harm than good. Sometimes situations call for a specialized type of light to be used to get the job done. This is a light that is carefully placed and not wielded around aimlessly without care for what is headed your way.
Just like when driving a car in dense fog, a certain level of maturity is required to know when to use the different types of lights available to you… and while you CAN learn by trial and error, it is often better (and much less dangerous) to study a bit before you go out and flip the high-beams on.
Next time you are in a situation where people are having a difficult time seeing, maybe the right approach isn’t to give them all of your educated opinion on the topic at hand. Yes- you might be bright, but at what expense? Maybe it would be good to give the fog lights a try and see if you all make it out alive and a bit less stressed.
Just my thoughts…
Matthew 10:16 (NIV)
“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”