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Do you remember the times in your life when the dark things were preferred? Do you remember when your lips bent towards lying, the temptation of stealing, the rush of pride and attention, the pleasure of doing the opposite of good, and holding conversations that you hoped your mother wouldn’t hear? What about the times when the books you read, the entertainment you soaked in, the internet addresses you perused, the songs you swung your head to, and the thrilling people you’d hang with were the kind you’d rather not let your father know about? For some of us–we’re still in this mode, we think we look so snazzy doing it, and we don’t even think about it twice anymore. Unfortunately, no one bothers to call us out on our choices because we appear to love the life we’ve created for ourselves. In addition, everyone’s so hip and tolerant–that we just blend right in. Life has become a custom smorgasbord for us, holding many opportunities to serve ourselves–any time, anywhere. Yes, I too can relate to some of those haunts in my own past.

I’m glad someone loved me enough to take a few minutes to hold a mirror to my face and my life. Everything in me had become filthy stained rags–even my eighty-dollar pair of jeans. I was the epitome of a walking white washed tomb. I was dead inside and secretly wanting something completely opposite of what I had. When that stranger showed me my filth–I jolted awake.

It was then the opportunity to trade in my frightening costume for something clean and beyond beautiful arrived. My Savior found me. Are there any haunts from your past you want to trade in today? What a better day than October 31st, right? It could very well become the day you come out of the darkness and into the light. It could become the day you die to your old self and begin to live a new and eternal life. That’s my prayer for you and those you care about today–that you’ll take action now to leave the haunts of your past and present.

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,

making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Ephesians 5:8-17New International Version (NIV)