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Our Power Source

Power source issues have overwhelmed many people this year. In February, the mega storm “snowmaggedon” plunged millions of Texans into the dark and cold without power, gas, or water for days, weeks, and even longer. In May, Colonial Pipeline suffered a cyberattack leading to the shutdown of gasoline flow to the east coast, and prompting a regional emergency declaration for 17 states and Washington, D.C.  And just this week, unplanned power outages rocked millions of homes and businesses during record heat in Texas and California. Concerns and hardships caused by faulty power supplies leave us feeling drained and afraid of what’s coming next, and when.

Difficult days of uncertainty and depletion lead to the question: What’s your power source?

Recently as I pondered the concept of our spiritual power source, I began learning the ins and outs of––light bulbs. Yes, basic bulbs that come in a box. We don’t think much about light bulbs unless they burn out or we want to spruce up our space with a new shade or a retro “Edison” vibe. Most of us view bulbs in terms of soft white, clear, or fluorescent with a specific wattage based on a light fixture’s max capacity. So I had never considered the juxtaposition of a bulb in a box fashioned for purpose but sitting with unused potential versus a bulb connected to and illuminated by its power source.

Without a power source, light bulbs exist merely as glass and metal without purpose. However, once connected to their power source, light bulbs brighten rooms and streets and buildings and cities. With the power source, they’re used to create structure and mood and atmosphere. They highlight and turn focus. They protect and guide. They even provide tiny assurances for those afraid of the dark.

Friends, we’re like beautiful light bulbs.

God has fashioned each one of us for purpose with specific gifts, talents, passions, and experience. We’ve been placed in our daily circles of influence with the ability to live as light-bearers illuminated by eternal hope. We embody the potential to brighten dark spaces of the world. But we need to connect daily to our Power Source.

Jesus affirms: You are the light of the world. A town built 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 others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14–16

You are the light of the world.

  • If you’re shining bright today, bless someone with a smile, word of encouragement, and unexpected act of kindness.
  • If you’re feeling dimly lit today, spend some time reading and praying through Matthew 5:14–16 and ask Jesus to strengthen you, prepare you, and shine through you.
  • If you feel like you’re sitting unconnected in a box today, find a quiet space and read through Matthew 11:28–30. Think about what it means to be connected side-by-side with Jesus in a yoke where he carries the load. Ask Jesus to help you each step of the way today as you connect with him.
  • If you feel broken, know that the Prince of Peace is holding you in his hand ready to heal with wholeness. Read through and 2 Corinthians 1:3–7, Philippians 4:6–7, and John 16:33 today. Ask Jesus to surround you with his unexplainable comfort and peace, and ask him to speak a word of encouragement. Know that you are not alone. Jesus is with you and I’m praying for you.

No matter what stands before you today, believe this truth: You are the light of the world. God created you as his light-bearer in this world. Connect to Christ, our Power Source.

When we’re connected to Jesus, his magnificent power flows through us. His warm light of love shines through us. And even when we struggle through difficult days, we stand together as a beacon which draws others to the hope and safety of our Savior.

You are the light of the world. Stay connected to your Power Source and shine brightly for his glory.

Dr. Joy Dahl is a Jesus girl transformed by God’s grace. Through many trials she has learned to rise above the depths of real life by holding fast to truth and hope. Today Joy passionately helps believers embrace their calling as Christ’s ambassadors in the world. As a CPA and a Chief Financial Officer by trade, Joy has focused most of her career on start-up and high-growth companies in Washington DC, New York, and Texas. Joy earned three degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary: Master of Christian Education, Master of Biblical Studies, and Doctor of Ministry. Her emphasis on the integration of faith and work led to her current role as Executive Director of Polished Network, which gathers women to navigate the workplace and explore faith together in authentic community. Joy is the visionary behind the BOLDLY Conference (www.boldlyconference.com)––the first-of-it’s kind Faith + Work for Women Conference. Joy and her husband, Gordon, call Dallas home. Joy’s favorite things include: God’s Word, international travel, dark chocolate, horses, flowers, beach getaways, running, big dogs, and adventure!

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