Journal Entry by Beck Schofield

S – Ephesians 5:8; 13 (NIV)Verse 8
" For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of the light and find out what pleases the Lord."

Verse 13
"But everything exposed by the light becomes visible - and everything that is illuminated becomes a light." 

O – Observation
Light is powerful. It brings clarity, illuminates areas that are dark and with that comes a sense of security. I love that in Genesis God commanded light to appear, defining the difference between darkness. It is hard to fathom that moment that God speaks and light becomes a reality! There is also a sense of freedom that comes with light - nothing can hide from it!  These verses act to encourage  living a truthful, accountable life, one that searches earnestly for what pleases God.

A – Application  
Being 'light' can be uncomfortable and put me in a vulnerable position. It can appear easier to hide when I am hurt, depressed or offended, but verse 13 reminds us that everything exposed to the light is visible. What a sobering thought. Even if it is not immediately visible, eventually it will be exposed. Am I living a life that not only pleases God, but that is honest and leading others to following Jesus too? What things in my life do I need to ask Him to examine, ask for forgiveness or be accountable for, in order to live authentically? These verses remind me that although circumstances can at times be 'dark', I need to be willing to live as light, not only for myself but for the benefit of others.

P – Prayer
Jesus, thank you for this reminder that we are light in you. I am so glad that I don't need to rely on myself to be light, but it is when I follow you that I can be light. When I am tempted to run and hide, please remind me that everything will come into the light - help me to have the courage to live in a way that pleases you.