I wish I was half as cool as Corey Hart. I can only wear my sunglasses at dawn and early dusk. Its just not the same.
There was a time though, when I was much, much younger. A time when I had hair and was a little less pudgy. It was then that I wore my sunglasses at night.
I wore them for a variety of reasons. I was very cool. Hey – at least I had a healthy self image anyway. Most of the reason was because I liked to drive around with my high beams on and when people would flash me with theirs I could say, “Ha! Your bright lights don’t hurt me – I’ve got sunglasses on!”
Pretty stupid, right? Me and a friend named Danny did this all the time, in addition to a variety of other things. We also threw pennies out the car window into oncoming traffic, and trashed our youth minister’s yard when he was on vacation. Yeah and this is just the stuff I can share in public. None of what we did was anything that would get us totally arrested. Maybe hassled by the cops a bit, but not anything real bad.
Another reason people wear sunglasses is because they are trying to hide something. Once in college I got into a fight with a friend named Charlie. He was and is a great guy. I was really upset that a girl we called Bubbles had decided to put me right into the middle of the friend zone. So, I partied a little which in this case means I barely knew who I was then picked a fight with a guy who was totally sober.
He beat the everloving tar out of me. The whole right side of my face was the size of a small cantaloupe, and he hit me so hard the inside of my eye was blood red. So I wore sunglasses day and night for weeks so people wouldn’t see. And yes, they were Wayfarers. Just like Corey Hart.
Again – stupid, right?
The thing is, we all tend to hide the bad stuff. We do something or think something or say something and then live in denial – “Nope, wasn’t me. It must have been someone who looked or sounded or smelled like me, but it wasn’t me.”
Did you know that most people, even when presented with evidence that they definitely did what they were accused of, still deny the truth?
Why is this?
Shame. And guilt. We all live with shame and guilt, but these things are not from God. They are from the enemy. God is not interested in shaming us or making us feel guilty. These feeling are associated with keeping things hidden. God is interested in shining the light into all the corners of our lives so that everything hidden is brought into clear view. That way we can deal with it – and allow God to cut those things away.
Shame and guilt can keep you from your destiny. Shame and guilt can ruin your life, ruin your dreams. And this is what Satan wants for you. He wants to destroy you and keep you from fulfilling your purpose in life.
I know all this from experience – it happened to me! I had guilt for many years. I had guilt over an event in my life and it tainted everything that happened for years afterward. When I gave up that guilt and shame, I was able to start living in my God given dream again.
I’m not saying God didn’t love me and didn’t bless me at all during this time. But I fell way short of my potential during those years because I was hiding something – something that was eating away at my soul.
I love sunglasses. I have several pairs, and each has a particular function. Some I wear because they look cool, some if it’s really sunny, some if it’s overcast. I don’t hide behind them anymore, though. I have no shame, no guilt and nothing to hide!
What is God saying to you right now? Take a minute and think about something you are struggling with. Ask God to show you what the lie is that keeps you struggling with this. Ask God to show you what His truth for you is. Give up the lie and live in that truth! Live in His dream for you! Be joyful, fulfilled, a blessing to those around you! You can’t do any of that living with guilt or shame. Give it all to God right now!