Let There Be Light

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Through anger, judgement, projections and blame, one generation after the next, we inadvertently lead each other to believe something that is not true- that we are less than beautiful. I believe that God is calling on each of us to heal these doubts by telling each other the truth - by being “Johnny Lingo” (watch film for background on who Johnny Lingo is).

Telling someone the truth about who he or she is (even when they initially resist it) is to liberate this person. It is to say “You are beautiful.  You are powerful.  You are  gifted. You are needed!”  Hearing these kinds of words, when sincerely spoken, strengthens the towering tree struggling to break through a hard crust of doubts.

What’s so compelling about Johnny Lingo is that it’s not just fluffing someone - it’s actually true!  How could this be? How could the lowly maid and prostitute, Aldonza suddenly become Dulcinea?  How? Through an old man, full of dreams who refused to see anything but the truth, and told her so. How could the young student (in the movie “Freedom Writers”) who thought so little of himself, suddenly experience his own potential- his own greatness? How? Through a devoted teacher who refused to let him take one more step in life without knowing the truth, and told him, in no uncertain terms. “I see you!” she said, and then as this sweet boy wept, she said it again, “I see you.”

This is the answer: someone is willing to say the truth.  Not that it wasn’t true before, but that it was static.  In a sense, this is how something is brought into existence - someone sees something, before it appears, and perhaps even more important, someone actually says it-  “And God said Let there be light and there was light.”  Perhaps the light was there all along. Perhaps God was simply freeing the light- unleashing it.  I’m not really sure. But I do know this; that by the Almighty’s words, light came into existence.  

So it is with people’s beauty and power, potential and greatness.  Our words to each other tend to create, what was up to that point, unseen.   

So when I look at you and see you and speak the truth about you, even if it’s just something like “Good morning Norma. You look beautiful today!”, Is that true?  Norma is 87. She’s been physically sick for years. She’s coming out of a deep depression related to several deaths in her family. She could barely drag herself into her closet this morning to pick out a dress for church. Yet, here you are telling her that she looks beautiful!? Is it true? Of course it’s true!  

We are shining, beautiful children of the living God!  We are His offspring, literally. His spiritual DNA runs through us!

Like a little flower struggling to break through the crust of the earth, everything that God is, is desperately seeking to break through the crust of doubts and limits we live in. The only thing that’s missing sometimes is you!  The only thing that’s missing is for you, Johnny Lingo, to show up in someone’s life with the good news about who they really are.

Here’s the catch: This is pretty easy to do at church, at work, in a grocery line, etc. - relationships unhindered by some negative history. Hence, where it means the most is where you have felt the most frustration or hurt; i.e. spouse, children, parents. Because despite it all, you are the person who knows them best.  “If  you can see it” this person says to him or her self, “then I can see it.”

And so they can.  And so they will. And here’s the best part;  What does it take for you to look past your own hurt and see the beauty and potential in your spouse or in someone else who has been a trial for you?  It takes your greatness.  It takes your forgiveness, your discernment, your connection with God. It takes the very best in you. So it is that “it is the greatest part of me that sees the greatest part of you.”  (from Agreement 7).

Johnny Lingo - You see the miracle in others? You are the miracle.

Mastery Participants: Click here for more on Agreement 7, including the "Reboot" Challenge

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