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There is a shadow in the corner of the room. The bookcase overhangs slightly so that the light glowing from the lamp is restricted. Blocked. Obstructed. It is where the light cannot shine, it cannot bring clarity or vision. The shadowlands seem to hold their ground.
All the most thrilling movies have shadowlands. It is in those dark corners or alleys where the villain waits. Hides. Lurks. In the shadowlands there is no light. It is restricted. blocked. Obstructed.
If, like me, you’ve walked down any street at night you will most probably walk where the street lamps beam touches the path. We avoid, even flee, the shadows, those corners where the light is not permitted.
There is something comforting about walking in the light. The light fights the shadowlands by bring clarity. The light welcomes with open arms, whilst the darkness pulls and draws on your fear. The light illuminates the very best if us and encourages the worst of us to live out of the shadowlands and in the glorious light.
The thoughts, behaviours and motives that pull us into the shadowlands can be transformed when we walk in the light. When we walk let light shine on and through our lives we cannot help but light those around us.
The shadowlands are not for you or I. We walk in the light, guided by the light, warmed by the light, corrected by the light, held accountable by…the light.
Flee the shadowlands. Walk in the light.
The physical components have changed throughout history. Be it a carving in the rocks, a wax seal or an electronic timestamp. These were all elements of a moment worth marking, worth remembering. The point of these symbols was to make a permanent memory, an indelible mark that could not be erased.
We make choices each and every day and we often get the chance to change our mind as well. Maybe the first choice we made doesn’t quite seem right now or maybe we think that there is a ‘better offer’ now. I have been stood ready to order my favourite coffee and then I see a new seasonal drink and I change my mind, “actually, I think I’ll try one of those”. I’m tempted by something different. In that moment there are no lasting consequences about changing my mind, it is no big deal.
In our lives there are these indelible marks on our lives. The effects of moments when we made up our mind or you could say – we set our mind, nothing can change that. It is as if there were an indelible mark printed on our lives.
There are occasions when we face temptations, and I’m not talking about which menu item to have or anything like that. But there are real, life changing moments that can alter the course of our lives. It is during these moments when the indelible mark left on our lives comes to life. For example, the marriage that I share with my wife is set on a principle that I will always and only give my life to her. I know that as a man, there will be temptations coming my way. With the rise of Facebook and other online way to ‘re-connect’ there could be a temptation to spark up on old friendship. But for me it is simple, there was an indelible mark left on my life when 4 years ago, I promised before God and man to stay with my wife. I know that some might say, “how can you be sure that you won’t change your mind”?
I ‘set’ my mind and my choice 4 years ago. When faced with a decision it is easy, because I already made the choice 4 years ago. I made the decision to resist temptation in those moments when I promised to be with one woman for the rest of my life. It is the indelible mark from the choice I have made that directs and rewards my life.
There are countless decision points in our lives for which we have already made our choice. For some these moments are a struggle, a war of will. But for those of us who wear indelible marks of those decisive moments in life where we said, “I have made my choice”, life is much more enjoyable, much more exciting and much more rewarding.