Trophy Club is a small town in Texas located between the large cities Dallas and Fort Worth. Yes, everything really is bigger in Texas. Women’s hair is bigger, our trucks are bigger, our football fields are massive and anything that we do, we do bigger. And to answer the big question in your mind, no, you don’t typically see people riding their horses to school, but you can’t completely rule it out either. My 9 year old was just telling me yesterday about a man who got a traffic ticket for riding his horse down the road because he didn’t know it was against the city ordinance. But that is neither here nor there.
In keeping with the tradition of “bigger”, our town has a large flag pole displayed prominently at the entrance to the town. It has a large American flag which waves proudly at all times. It is most beautiful at night. I truly enjoy driving home late so I can enjoy it’s beauty. There’s a large spotlight which shines up the pole lighting the entire flag. The brightly lit flag against the dark night sky is just awe inspiring. It is the contrast of light against dark, along with the bold proclamation of what the flag stands for, that humbles you.
Think about your life. What do you stand for? What values and core attributes do you have waving in the wind for the world to see? What bold stance are you making? Are you being light in a dark and fallen world? Do you shine brightly in the night sky?
I encourage you today to proudly wave your flag for Christ for all to see. Wave your flag at the top of the flagpole and rejoice for having the freedom in which you can proclaim the love of Christ openly. Don’t blend in with the night sky. Be lit up with the spotlight of love, joy, hope, mercy and grace for the hurting world around you.
If more Christians would hoist their flag, turn on the spotlight and be intentional with spreading God’s love, joy, hope, mercy and grace, imagine how different our world would be. Be that change.
John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
John 1:5 – The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 8:12 – When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 1:5-9 – This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Luke 8:16-18 – No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you listen, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.