I used to be a morning person. Back when mornings were meaningful and consisted of waking up to a coffee bubbling on a campfire. When you would crawl out of a tent to be greeted by morning mist off a lake. Back when mornings meant sleep was something you couldn’t wait to be over, because you had more important things to do like play, ride bikes, go on adventures and such and so on. Back when baths had two taps, one hot and one cold; nothing in between. Back when School days meant fruit days and we had mulberries for sweets, when chocolates were tuck-shop gold on a Sunny Saturday.
A lot has changed.
I am no longer a morning person. I cringe at my alarm and snuggle for a few extra seconds. I get frustrated from fancy faucets because the two taps have become one and it’s a struggle to find the right balance between hot and cold water. One second I’m being scalded and the next…the temperamental tap has me gasping from a sudden jet of iciness.
Gone are the days when you had to choose between mulberries and gold. Partly because your snack life is no longer governed by the parents that be, or snarky school teachers that made you shovel your greens. Now you can get berry flavored chocolate, and even though your ‘healthy’ cereal is sweet to the soulful highs, it’s somehow justifiable because it’s scattered with assorted fruit pieces and that somehow makes it alright. Or say your fruit juice has gold specks in it to make it more appealing. You get the gist. Everyone wants to meet everyone’s desires. We blend and mix and try to balance the charts! Feminism, Warmth, Blended…compromise.
That’s what it all boils down to.
I remember quite vividly in grade 3, my absolute worst colour combination was purple and yellow. It couldn’t happen and be alright. I could not stand the sight of the colours together. I never imagined that I would be swayed by fanciful sales especially in regard to mulberry coloured handbags, with gold embellishments and yet here I am. It’s the same old purple and yellow combo isn’t it?
Somewhere between puberty and my present prime, I got convinced that purple and yellow could go together if they’re both altered somehow. If we make the yellow shine a little more maybe? Or we could dumb down the purple, add some darkness to it. Erase its royalty and then just maybe, it can go better with the yellow’s glorified glow.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my handbag. It’s my current favourite accessory and I think it’s beautiful. Maybe mulberry is now my favourite colour? Or perhaps it’s just the weather.
Either way, I made a compromise. And what I despised before, has now become the essence of my most treasured possession.
And how much more often do we do the same in our lives? You have heard that knights in shining armor are sometimes dressed in tin foil. They’re not as special as they claim to be…they’re the frogs in glorified glow and somehow you still settled for them. You settled for a job that is safe but not at all in line with your purpose, and yet you dumbed down your potential. You used to be on fire for the Lord, blazing! And yet somewhere along the line you watered down the gospel for what was more appealing to the world. You associated a little with the cold and now, you’re lukewarm.
Sweet girl, did you forget that you were royalty? Did you trade in your purple robe, for something that made you more beautiful in the world’s eyes, because purple isn’t so pretty and mulberry is now trending? Did you compromise your priesthood? Did you glorify the yellow muck in your life to a place of golden grandeur and think that it was okay? Did you forget that polishing things up on the outside doesn’t make them shine from within?
Dear boy, did you water down the truth because you wanted to be cool and fit in? Were you afraid to stand up for what was right because of what the world would think? Did you forget that God said He would spit the lukewarm out of His mouth? Is the fame really worth it? What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose His soul?
Don’t let anything dim your sparkle. Don’t let the world say you shouldn’t shine as bright as you were destined to. Do not compromise your light, just so you fit it. Because darling, you were meant to stand out.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16New King James Version (NKJV)
The time has come to stand out.
Shine on, child of God.