Serving Light to the Shadows
by Tina Yeager
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ … For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”
(2 Corinthians 4:6, 17-18, NIV).
Vulgarity assaulted my eyes as soon as I opened the app. A tide of profanity attacked my ears. A video teeming with visual sewage swirled before me. My gut lutched. Had I really committed myself to spend time here every day?
My agent had urged me an hour earlier to abandon the social media platform where I’d cultivated a sizeable following. I felt at home with spinning out videos and posts where my people had gathered in warm, gospel-sated huddles. Now I needed to leave my comfy bubble and start from zero.
In the chilling world of fifteen-second flashes of darkness. Where the means and methods of video production required learning a new social media language.
Seriously, God? After I managed to attain satisfying levels in the well-known app, do I really have to start all over again in this disturbing space?
I knew my path and the answer I would choose. I must refuse the temptation to settle for ease instead of pursuing Christ’s mission. Agent advice notwithstanding, the Lord never called me to stagnate in my comfort zone. And light-bearers face a destiny in the lands where darkness remains.
So I soldier onward into the foreign and shady platforms. For this is the mission to which our Savior sends his words. We carry the light of life to those who hunger and thirst for hope. If we hold back, the world remains in captivity to despair.
How can I rest comfortably when others have no hope?
Lord, thank you for urging me out of my selfish bent toward comfort. Equip me to carry your truth and love to every place you would allow me to serve. I’m so grateful for your infinite mercy, from which you continue to call me as your light-bearer. Amen.
Award-winning author, speaker, licensed counselor, and life coach, Tina encourages audiences to fulfill their potential. She offers writing workshops through Serious Writer Academy, hosts the Flourish-Meant podcast, and is a mentor with Word Weavers International. Beautiful Warrior, her book on women’s esteem is available on Amazon. To connect with her, visit tinayeager.com.