Thursday, January 21, 2010
I'm having surgery tomorrow. Nothing major ... but still, I'm nervous. And, still ... there are things I have to do in preparation. Like, I can't eat after 8:00 this evening and I can't have my much needed cup of coffee tomorrow morning. I won't be able to put on my make-up, fix my hair or ... wear my wedding rings.
As I read over the list of "do's and do not's", that was the one thing that got me ... no jewelry. I know it's only a short amount of time. I know I'll put them back on as soon as I get home tomorrow. But, still ... those rings tell everyone around me ... I'm married, I'm his. They remind me always of my commitment and they tell everyone else my heart is claimed. Without them, I feel ... lost. Even when I had our last baby, the nurse let me tape my wedding rings onto my finger. I didn't have to leave them behind.
I took my rings off this evening, sat them on my dresser and I started thinking. Thinking about my commitment to Christ. What is it that tells everyone ... I'm His?
Everyday, I slip those rings into place. I've done that everyday for the past 16 years and I will do it for the rest of my life.
But ... what is that I do everyday to let people know I'm committed to Christ? How do others know, my heart is claimed by Christ?
I have to admit, I haven't spent as much time in my devotions lately. I've been wrapped up in work, schedules and everyday life ... an everyday life that should be filled with my devotion to Christ. I know when I commit time to Christ and really seek Him, then I am clothed in His light and that light shines for others.
So tomorrow, as I leave my rings on the dresser ... I'll take light with me.
How about you ... is your heart claimed by Christ?
Matthew 5:13-16 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
"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."