Everyone doesn’t need to know everything. Some things are rightly kept private. But it’s a red flag when we choose not to bring significant portions of our life to the light with at least someone. And this becomes our light test. Those areas we want to keep in the dark are likely the very ones that need to come to the light of day the most
There’s a reason we hide – and fear and shame are often the culprit. And many times this is not a conscious choice.
But at other times, we like the cover of darkness. And we hide because we’re not ready to expose certain thoughts and actions to others. While we might fear their response, we also don’t want our guilty pleasures to be openly challenged.
And we might justify staying in the dark by assuming others won’t really understand.
And, to be fair, not everyone can be trusted and there are those who might seek to limit our expressions of faith due to their own weaknesses.
But while we must be discerning in who we share with, this is not an excuse to keep major portions of our life in the dark.
In fact, this should serve as a warning when we feel the need to keep certain things hidden from everyone else.
The light test is bringing God’s light to every aspect of our life and relationships to consider if we’re keeping anything in the dark.
And if we can’t share with our wife, trusted friend, counselor, or mentor, are we at the very least willing to bring the matter before God in prayer?
Sin is likely at the root of anything we can’t openly pray about.
And things that don’t pass this light test are at risk of becoming a foothold for evil in our life.
In the end, while everyone doesn’t need to know everything, nothing should be hidden from God, who sees everything anyway.
Keep your life in the light of love before God and your trusted others.