Friday – March 22, 2024

Deuteronomy 23-26; Luke 11

by Kelli Simpkins 

“Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” Luke 11:36

Picture it: North Mississippi, 1994. There was a giant ice storm, the likes of which we had never seen. No one was prepared, but my family did have one tiny advantage: my dad’s oil lamp collection. The previously unused knick-knacks finally came in handy as we shuffled through our cold, dark house to figure out our next steps.

Christ is our lamp. He shines light on our path, making things clear to us that we couldn’t see or comprehend on our own. But much like my dad’s oil lamps, we must create an environment for His light to shine.

If you’re having trouble seeing the light through the darkness, it’s time to troubleshoot:

  1. Are you using the proper fuel? Reading scripture daily, praying wholeheartedly, and seeking wise counsel from people whose spiritual walk inspiring to you are all good places to start.
  1. Are there any clogs or smudges dulling the light? It’s time to identify any habits or beliefs that are separating you from God. The world competes for our attention and can blind us to all the good that God is doing. If we can’t acknowledge what he’s doing around us and for us, why should we expect Him to work through us?

We all know someone who exudes God’s presence, and we’re drawn to them like moths to a flame. We may hope to be like them one day. But they didn’t become that person by chance. They know that faith, like fire, needs fuel.


  1. Jean says:

    Love this. Thank you Kelli