Thursday, August 14, 2014

Cracked Light-Bearers

Guest post by Peggy Cunningham

Imperfection is the prerequisite for grace. Light only gets in through the cracks. ~ Philip Yancey

When we are home (in the States), we get invited to speak often––often meaning almost every day. We try to keep a full schedule because our time is limited to usually four months to fit in all of our visits. One Sunday we were speaking in a church where we had never been before. It was a beautiful church with its beautiful people inside. We didn't know many of the people, in fact, just one family, so I told Chuck I'd better tone down my personality for this service. 

He said, "Just be yourself."  

"Honestly," I answered. So I was … myself. Actually, I don't know how to be anything else! 

After the service as we were shaking hands, a sweet lady turned to Chuck and asked, "Is she always like this?"   

He replied, "No, sometimes she's not so reserved." That remark endeared us to the group standing nearby, and the chuckles trickled down the line of folks waiting to greet us. He's a funny guy when I give him time to speak! 

Aren't we all a little cracked? Okay, some of us more so than others. We know who we are! God made us the way we are. He will use our cracks to let His light shine through. 

In Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says, "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand––shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven" (MSG).
It's not so bad to be cracked, huh? 
Peggy Cunningham and her husband, Chuck, have been missionaries in Bolivia, South America, since 1981. In 1999, they founded Rumi Rancho Ministries. Rumi Rancho is their ministry base and home outside the city of Cochabamba where they work with the Quechua people and have a children’s ministry, teaching practical skills to underprivileged children while reaching them for Christ. They also work with national churches, equipping them to take the gospel to their own people. Peggy also is a prolific writer. Her heart for children and her vibrant imagination led the way to having her picture book series published. Peggy's Really Rare Rabbit series is published by Pix-N-Pens: Really Rare Rabbits: Giant Ghost Rabbits Guarding the Inca Treasure Fires; Really Rare Rabbits: Giant Green Ghosts and the Secret at Peppermint Pass; and Really Rare Rabbits: Giant Ghost Geese and the Winding Wall. She also contributes regularly to Christian publications and has been published in several anthologies. Her short story, “Stolen Ice Cube,” is included in the bestselling romance collection Heart Bouquets, released by Write Integrity Press in February 2013.