Maybe you’re a millennial or you have children who are millennials or younger. Then you’ve said or heard the term “lit.” And if you’re like me, you were confused, maybe even concerned, because back in the day, lit meant intoxicated.
But let’s leave our college years out of this, shall we?
These days it means something was excellent or exciting, like a lit movie or party. And I love a good carnival jump up myself, so I feel better about that definition, don’t you? But I can do you one better.
This week, I celebrate how I got lit! No, it wasn’t by drinking. And while I am excited, I’m not merely referring to that. I’m lit (excited) because I am LIT. Confused? Let me clarify.
I’m LIT with a joy no amount of alcohol could induce or sustain (trust me, I gave it the old college try), and a glow no event could produce.
I’m LIT because I’m free from guilt and judgment. You know the stuff your conscience dings you for, while reminding you you’re gonna pay for it—big time! Yeah, I’m free from that.
Free to do what you ask? To live in truth. And before you ask, Truth is a person and His name is Jesus. He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). He is the only way to know the truth that gives real life. The kind people dive in liquor bottles to find or party all night to experience—but don’t.
That truth, that you can live free from guilt, shame, and judgment is only found in Jesus. The one who paid for every. single. thing. you. ever. have. or. will. ever. do. wrong. He paid it all with His own blood when He hung on the cross. And He invites you to live in His light.
LIT from within by the truth of who He is and who you are in Him—if you believe.
And don’t even think this has anything to do with you getting your life together first or trying real hard to do, say or think the right things. You couldn’t. That’s why He came and ticked all those boxes for you.
And if you walk with Him, you’ll always be in the light (John 8:12). And the dark thoughts, feelings, and behaviors you wrestle with must go, because darkness can’t remain in the light.
I’m LIT—you need a light?
“I’m LIT and I can’t dim my light so you can feel better about being in the dark. Get LIT with me and let’s walk in truth together!”
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VANESSA A. HARRIS is an inspirational content creator and the author of DADDY’s Girl Forever and its devotional. She’s a physician turned stay at home mom, who’s never lost her NY wit. She needs it for the three inventive children she raises with her husband in Texas.