"If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light." Jesus in Luke's Gospel
Our family flew to Florida this past October. It had been a while since I had flown and one of the things that I had forgotten about, but was quickly reminded, was the preflight speech. This is where the flight attendant goes through where all the exits are and what to do in case the mask pops down from the ceiling. She told the parents with small kids to remember, incase of an emergency, to put the masks on ourselves before we try putting them on our kids. This reminded me of a book I had once read for youth ministry called Max Q by Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall. There is a principal in that book that is called the "priorities principle" and they explained the airline masks and related it to our own spiritual walk. We must be willing to first prioritize our own spiritual welfare before the spiritual welfare of others. In other words, we must prioritize our relationship with Jesus (reading the Bible, praying, and working through our own dark corners), before we can be fully radiate God's love to the world around us. The first step in bridge building begins with our own relationship with Jesus.
You can listen to last week's The Bridge Builder sermon by clicking here.