There is a greater need for light in world suffering from growing darkness. The light the world need lives within each of us. The light within us can chase away shadows of doubt, illuminate truth, energize hope, and enlighten the soul.
What does it mean to shine? Well, a dictionary says it means to give off or reflect light.
Every moment of every day we choose whether or not we will bring light to the world: love, joy, harmony, peace, kindness, generosity, compassion and wisdom into this world or if we will bring more fear, separation, hatred, greed, and lack. Choosing to bring light brings hope to those who most need it.
Coolest thing ever… when we choose to be the light for others, it improves your own life too! We feel better!
How do we “glow” ourselves?
Buck the culture! We live in a dark world, full of lies, hate and confusion. My faith tells me to “Awake!”; to “shake off the chains” that bind us; to “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of righteousness.”
Shine! “Let your light so shine… that they may see your good works…” A lamp is meant to be placed on a stand to give light. To be a light you must take the time to interact with others and to cultivate healthy relationships.
Give credit to your light source. The rest of the above mentioned scriptures continues, “that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Our goal should always be to bring glory and honor to the Lord; glory and honor to the Father. There is a fine line between being a light to others and putting on a show. Being a light is a matter of the heart.
Do some house cleaning. We have all been impressed with the shine of a new diamond. However, over time, the diamond can dull and lose it’s shine as dust collects. Similarly, sin can dull the light of Christ within us. Our lives sparkle and shine through His grace and through repentance. Take a look at your life. Has sin dulled the evidence of Christ in you? If so… take steps. We will never be without mistakes… but we can be refined, polished and finished – the real definition of perfect.
Choose your words wisely. “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Good advice, even for adults. Words have power. They can be used to shed darkness and despair or to spread light and joy.
Use social media wisely. People are watching. Think about what you post. Is it self-centered? Rude? What are your motives? Aim to make informed, respectful, uplifting posts.
Think of others. Be considerate. Help people. Uplift and encourage. Lay off the criticism. Be patient. Give the benefit of the doubt. If you hear gossip, distance yourself from it. Stop it! If you have an interaction with a difficult person, remember that they were made and are loved by God. Remember the Golden Rule. BE KIND!
Every day I try my best to shine! Please join me and let’s light up the world!
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