Cracked Light-Bearers

image1Imperfection is the prerequisite for grace. Light only gets in through the cracks. ~ Philip Yancey

When we are home (in the States) we get invited to speak often. Often meaning about every day. We try to keep a full schedule because our time is limited usually to four months to fit in all our visits. Sometimes we speak in churches or places we’ve never been before. One Sunday, we were speaking in a new church to us. It was the first time we’d been to this beautiful church with beautiful people inside. We didn’t know many people, in fact,  just one family, so I told Chuck I’d better tone down my personality for this.

He said, “Just be yourself.”

“Honestly,” I answered. So I was. Actually, I don’t know how to be anything else.

After the service as we were shaking hands, a sweet lady turned to Chuck and said, “Is she always like this?”

He replied, “No, sometimes she’s not so reserved.” That brought laughs. He’s a funny guy when I give him time to speak. 🙂

Aren’t we all a little cracked? Okay, some of us more so than others. We know who we are. 🙂 God made us the way we are. Our cracks can be used of Him to let His light shine through! Not so bad to be cracked, huh?

Jesus said, “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand––shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matt 5:14-16 (MSG)