The illumination that comes from a light's source is important. We are dependent on these sources; we could not see without them. But illumination that comes from reflected light is also important.

If we are aware of it at all, we hardly notice the difference between one or the other, but we are, actually, dependent on both kinds of light.

The light of the world, we sing, is Jesus. But those of us who follow him also reflect his light. The world is illuminated by each - the source and its reflection.

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Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

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I grew up in a family of boys (well, except for Mom), so the learning curve has been a bit steep for me as the father of a five-year-old girl. Although I always wanted to be a daddy, I never imagined how much I’d love holding hands in a crowded shopping mall with a princess clad in a tutu, tiara, fairy wings, and fake Uggs while skipping to whatever Katy Perry tune is in her head.

Her free spirit inspires me, for sure. But these moments stoke clouded memories of a time when I wasn’t burdened by what others thought of me, of a time when my imagination was always greater than my fear.

As we approach the start of Lent, what do you need to set aside so that the glory of the Lord will shine freely through you?

Daniel Ingram

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God, forgive me for holding anything back from you. Let my spirit shine freely, so that my whole life can be a reflection of your love. Amen.

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But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7

Daniel Ingram

Daniel Ingram coordinates special projects (like d365!) with Passport, Inc. Daniel has served as a minister among youth and college students. He enjoys running, cooking, music, and teaching middle school Sunday School. Daniel, his wife, Marnie, and five-year-old daughter, Mollie, live in Birmingham, Alabama.

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