TURN ON THE LIGHTS
As a child, I remember having a fear that a monster lived under my bed or in my bedroom closet. My dad had a solution for squelching my fear, and it proved to work brilliantly every time. Dad would simply turn on the lights and have me look under the bed and in the closet to show me nothing was there.
Walking through life, I sometimes fear the scariest monster of all resides in me. So what do I do with the fear? Using the technique I learned from my dad, I simply turn on the lights. The quickest way I know to turn the lights on is to diligently study God’s Word, spend time in prayer with Him and surround myself with true Jesus followers who hold me accountable. With the lights turned on, God will certainly reveal any sign of a monster. As long as the lights are on, there is no way for the monster to control my mind or actions; but the minute I allow the lights to dim, the monster will begin to surface.
For me, turning the lights on often reveals Dr. Frankenstein at work. While I feel called to work as an artist manager, I struggle with how to walk out the manager role without creating monsters. Despite my best efforts, some monster-driven hearts have slipped through on my watch. Even though it seems like those were mistakes on my part, I can’t help but think God put me in those artists’ lives for a reason. If only for a short season, God can use us to mentor them. While it may be frustrating to see an artist feeding the monster, I continually remind myself that my role is to plant seeds and lead them to the light switch. God is the only one who can illuminate, and ultimately defeat, the monster.
God, thank You for loving me and calling me into the role You designed specifically for me. I pray You would give me wisdom as I help manage the ministries and careers of artists You have called for Your purpose. Please help us recognize the monsters present in our flesh as a result of the fall. We ask for Your help. Thank You for giving us a way to overcome the monsters. I pray You would use us to help spread the news of Your son, Jesus, as He is the only one we are called to make famous. Please kill the monsters in all of us and let Your glory shine!
Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows
to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
(Galatians 6:7-8, ESV)