I recently attempted a do-it-yourself project I spotted floating around on Facebook: I purchased solar powered landscaping lighting and converted an old chandelier into an outdoor patio nightlight. What was most interesting to me about this project was the lesson I learned: Placement is everything.

I had already visualized the soft glows the chandelier would gift our family that same evening once she was finished being constructed. (Yes, I called the chandelier a “she”; you would too if you saw her simple elegance.) After all the pieces were in place, she was hooked on the back porch where she hung out all afternoon. I was certain by the first sign of dusk I would be able to notice her come to life.


Perhaps I purchased a carton of solar duds? Maybe I broke an important mechanism when putting the chandelier together? As I went to bed disappointed, I woke with a notion worth testing. I unhooked the chandelier and rested her out in the yard all afternoon to soak up the sun.

I had been too busy to give much thought to things outside of my priority list, and I had forgotten about the chandelier until well after dark when I was cleaning counters in the kitchen. Without much thought, I glanced out the window and, for a moment, believed I was seeing a batch of fireflies in our backyard. A smile washed over me as I remember what was there. I opened the door leading to the back porch and began walking towards this striking chandelier: she was just beautiful; with each step, her light was the only thing I could see in the darkness. She was so inviting. I carried her to a new hook where I knew she would receive more sunlight the following day.

Placement is everything.

Oh, how I can relate! The days I am hooked on myself and all my “stuff” are the days I am soaking up and giving out nothing but anxiety, dullness and negativity. Yet, the days I am focusing outside of me…where I am choosing to live into Jesus as a daily practice, even if that means I must drag myself away from the hooking thoughts of this world… well, these are the days I have the grace-infused opportunities to bear likeness to this glowing chandelier. Yes, these are the glorious moments where I pursue Jesus’s will more than my ways; where I spot Jesus in others, and where I peacefully follow the light of the world whilst surrounded by night.

Friends, I am so thankful Jesus bestows such grace to a refurbished chandelier like me. May we daily receive the invitation to follow him and have the light of life.

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

SGLY, dear readers.

(Smile, God Loves You.)

Tiffany Kaye Chartier is a Christian writer and an opinion columnist. To submit feedback on SGLY or to offer a specific topic idea, please contact Chartier at news@ amtrib. com. Follow Chartier on Face - book: facebook. com/ tiffanychartier and Twitter: @tiffany chartier