Glow With God by Caleb McGrew
My name is Caleb McGrew, but in high school I was known as the rapper “C-Hazy”. I remember the days of hearing, “Hazy! What’s up C-Hazy? My boy C-Hazy!” That is what my friends called me from the ninth grade until I graduated high school in 2015. It all started in eighth grade. My parents were going through a divorce, and since I needed something to help keep my mind off my horrible new reality, I began producing music. I never thought I would thrive with this newfound hobby. It was honestly just a way to express myself. My enjoyment for music production helped me cope with the pain of my parents’ divorce; my family knew it, and Jesus did too. One thing that set me apart from other artists in my genre was that I never cursed in a song. I knew it was wrong and wanted to respect my mom. People commended me for those efforts. I continued to grow and in time I generated a positive reputation and popularity at school.
My life was glowing as an artist. So, I did not have any intentions on letting it go. However, in 2014 I began to live for Jesus Christ. Over a short period of time a transformation in my mind took place. The following school year I became the person that sent out daily devotionals to my classmates. In college, I did the same thing and that led to starting a campus ministry. While music played a big role in my life, I found my calling that Jesus had for me. He wanted me to now glow for His Kingdom.
When thinking on glowing, I immediately think of John 1:4-5, “In him (Jesus) was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.” Jesus is the Light that will always shine brighter than the darkness of this world. Therefore, this opportunity is for anyone who wants to glow for Jesus. Jesus commands us in Matthew 5:16 to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven.” We have the greatest opportunity now to shine the Light of Christ that is inside of us. Many will try to imitate the light because even Satan tries to (2 Corinthians 11:14). If we have obeyed Acts 2:38, then we are the “real deal”! We have the real Light that will bring hope to this world. We do not try to blend in. We do not conform to the world, but we are transformed by Christ (Romans 12:2). You glow different with God. And your “God-glow” is what is going to lead lost souls to the Cross. Let your light shine!