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Ah. Such an exciting word, yes? Backstage. Dusty smell of curtains, feeling of anticipation, costumes, shadows, lights shining from onstage… backstage.

It’s a place that meant a lot to me as a dancer, and even now, a place I love to be. I remember, back in the dance days, frantically fixing shoes, adjusting layers of tulle, last minute working on choreography, signaling to others on the opposite side backstage of something different that needed done. A place where, well, we were faulty humans.

Then we go onstage. Prepared or not, we act like we truly know what we are doing. We smile and worship and try  to ignore the blinding lights and the bow that’s coming untied and the shoe that hurts and the slippery spot on the floor and the epic-fail-moment with choreography and dance. The lights go off, and we run into the dark shadows once more. Ah – a place where we are comfortable, where we can again confess the mistakes and complain about the shoes or whatever else went wrong.

And I said I was a retired dancer. Oops.

{Okay, I love being onstage (or backstage) more than I would likely admit :). And actually, I got the idea for this from a sermon at church. I probably won’t dance onstage again, but I love writing about it!}

Does the backstage analogy ring a bell of something Jesus mentioned…about truth and light?

Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

-John 3:20-21

Light reveals. It shows the truth of who we are, what we’re really made out of. Yes, we can wear masks for a while. But when real light comes, true character shines through. There’s no faking anything with the Lord.

The question is, does light make you uncomfortable? It’s never a fun thing to have your sins brought to light; I completely get that. But do you find yourself hiding backstage a lot, not confessing sins and thriving on disorder and chaos? “Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light…”

Light came into the world on the very first Christmas! The darkness didn’t like it too much. But we have the choice today, to let God’s light shine in our lives or to hide in the dark.

Wake up, sleeper, lift your head

We were meant for more than this

Fight the shadows, conquer death

Make the most of the time we have

We are the light of the world

We are the city on a hill

We are the light of the world

And we gotta, we gotta, we gotta

LET THE LIGHT SHINE!

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