Shadows are everywhere we go. With every step we take, there is a shadow lurking in the wind.
How often have you looked at someone else’s life and circumstances, wondering he or she got to the place they are?
How did she get that promotion?
How did he get with her?
How does she get all of that done?
How did she learn how to speak so well?
How did they afford that house?
If you’re anything like me, when you start to make assumptions on how things are going for people around you, you end up comparing yourself against that person.
What did she do that I didn’t do?
What does he know that I don’t know?
Who does she know that I don’t know?
You wonder how things for them turned out the way they did. You question what you could have done differently to reach those same ‘desired’ results. You start to doubt yourself. This doubt starts the downward spiral. It’s where the shadow syndrome grows.
A shadow, by definition, is “a dark area where light from a light source is blocked by an opague object.” You see, when we live a life of comparison, we live a life in the shadow. Think about It.
Shadows are things that appear to be bigger than we are. Self-doubt. Insecurity. Sadness. These are the dark areas of our lives that come from misguided and faulty comparison. These are the things that block the light.
What light might this be referring to? Well, my friend, YOU are the light. Matthew 5: 14-16 reinforces this idea for you. It says, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” You were not meant to be bound up in darkness. You were not meant to be stuck in your shadow. Nor were you created to be stuck in someone else’s shadow. Instead, you were meant to shine. There is so much more inside of you that meets the eye. You were created for greatness. God created you in His own image. He created you in His likeness. God has equipped you with everything you need to carry out his vision and call on your life. Embrace who you are. Accept who you were created to be. Appreciate your differences from others. Everyone was not created equally. We all bring our own unique talents and abilities that can be used for God’s glory.
Speaking of God’s glory, I’m pretty sure you caught on this….but your light source is so much bigger than anything and everything you ever imagined. Your light source is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is your source of strength. He is the fuel to your fire.
Your fire only fails to spark others when you allow blockage. The shadow comes when we allow opague objects enters into our minds. Opague objects are those things that we can’t see through. In the natural sense, they are things like wood, cement, and metal. In the mental sense, opague objects are past hurts, jealously, circumstances, even some decisions. They are the things that trigger the emotional responses that cause us to shut down and live in darkness.
As we already discussed, darkness is not where we are meant to reside. We are destined to exude light. Since light and darkness cannot co-exist, we are meant to drive out darkness. We do that by rejecting the lies that have beat into us. We block darkness by discarding the aches and pains of the past. We walk in light by refusing to allow the enemy to rule in our domains.
When we unblock the opague objects in our lives, we allow the light source to fill us up. We allow the electricity to run through our bodies and to energize us. Once we’re energized, we are able to capture our calling. To pursue our purpose. To dance in our destiny. Darkness is then cast away and we become a beacon of light, of hope, to everyone around us.
So, let’s stop living in the shadow and start letting our lights shine!