By Katie Warner
Recognizing a simple truth, I spoke these words to myself at the start of 2017. With the freshness of a new year and the rush of resolutions unfolding around me, I found myself caught up in the fervor of the “new year, new me” mentality. Yet when this phrase crept into the forefront of my mind, it struck me that perhaps this new year isn’t a chance to reinvent but rather to rediscover.
All too often I find myself stuck in a rut that can only be described as complacency.
Complacency is a tricky fiend because it creeps so gradually into my life that I don’t recognize its presence until I find I’ve been dormant for some time. I found myself entertaining complacency for far too long. I found myself speaking too many sentences starting with “I wish I was doing…” or “If only I could…”
Stepping into the light means that everything is exposed. There are no shadows in which to hide my insecurities, faults and failings. In the light my authentic self is revealed. So what does this look like?
It’s messy, to be sure.
It means that any façade or veneer I’ve built up about who I am or who I want to be is gone. It also means that my gifts and talents are on full display and there’s a recognition deep in my soul that says, “Oh, there you are!” In the light I can conduct an examination of where I am right now and where I hope to be. I have found that some of my gifts need exercise after living stagnant for so long and I have discovered other ones I didn’t even know I had.
In stepping into the light, it also means tuning my ears to listen for truth amidst society’s maelstrom of deceit, propaganda and duplicity. It means turning to prayer in times of confusion to seek clarity.
In today’s Gospel Jesus said to his disciples, “Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket or under a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand?” There are so many dreams I would like to accomplish and things that I would like to be doing with my life. It’s easy to say new year new me and pretend to cast off my old skin and step into some new life that is shinier and better. But in rediscovering rather than reinventing, it takes a bit more work.
Instead of dreaming I have to start doing.
Allow me to stretch this metaphor even one step further (everyone loves an extended metaphor right!?) How am I not only stepping into the light, how am I being the light and extending this truth to those around me? In order to shine we must first step out of the shadows and see ourselves for what we really are, we must see our authentic selves through God’s eyes. And so Jesus extends this same invitation to you today, step into the light.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Her LinkedIn profile would tell you she’s a “Passionate professional and effective communicator with an interest in contributing to marketing, communications and project management for a mission-driven organization”… But that’s just what she says to impress future employers. Katie is your average 24 year old, wanderlusty, caffeine-dependent life form. She enjoys handwritten thank you cards, thrift stores, journaling, traveling, serving and she challenges herself with yoga and running. Her faith is central to everything she does. She was first introduced to the Living Person in 2013 when Jurell forced her to sign up for a half-marathon, and she’s been grateful ever since.