If you point these things out to the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, nourished by the words of the faith and the good teaching that you have followed. But have nothing to do with irreverent and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness. (1 Timothy 4:6-7)
What is your favorite color of highlighter?
How do you emphasize things in your life—journal, discuss, share, or another approach?
What is one of God’s promises or a specific verse that stands out to you?
Highlighting can be good. It reminds us of what’s important. It reminds us of a benchmark or goal. It reminds us of the steps we need to be taking along the journey. It reminds us where we can find something when we need to help others. Our highlighting can benefit others, too. Have you ever received a book that had notes and highlights in it? When the person who came before you did a good job of highlighting the most important points, their efforts can save you time. But what if they didn’t? If we under-highlight, we miss out on some important stuff. If we over-highlight and cover a page with yellow, have we really highlighted anything at all?
When we use our highlighters on our lives, the same can happen. We miss out on some of the important things or emphasize so much that we can’t identify and focus on what’s important. We try to take control instead of letting God do what He does best. When we let God do the highlighting through His Spirit, He doesn’t just use one color. His highlighting is color-coded, shaded, bolded, flashing, whatever it takes to emphasize and downplay what we need in each situation. His highlighting is personal. It changes—not because He changes (because He doesn’t) but because He changes us. He knows we need different reminders, challenges, convictions, and encouragement along the way. Sometimes, we don’t want to see His highlights. Sometimes, we don’t understand them. Sometimes, we wonder how something so unimportant to us at one point can be immensely important at another point, or vice versa. But God knows what He’s doing.
When you hold a highlighter in your hand, giving (or taking away) the meaning of something in your life and faith, give God control. Meaning is all His to give and take away. Refrain from over- or under-highlighting. God’s highlighting is much more beautiful…and accurate.
Look for one word God highlights in your day today. It might be a theme that comes through a variety of sources. It might be something that pops into your mind over and over. It might be a question, station, or verse. Write it. Speak it. Claim it. Savor it.