Brighten the world by Letting Your Light Shine. Read on & Share this Thyme4Faith message.
Let Your Light Shine
It happened again. That “sit up and take notice thing.” By this, I mean I encountered the same message multiple times. In this case, it was within the span of a few hours. The message was – Let Your Light Shine. It started with this devotional verse:
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Shortly after that I slapped on the headphones for my morning walk. As I cruised down the sidewalk, multiple songs from my randomized play list pointed to the same message. OK God, I’m listening. What do You want me to share with others about this message?
It’s Hard to Shine
I am blessed to be spending time in beautiful sunny locations for much of the winter. Yet not all aspects of my life are sunny. Of course, I am not alone. Many of you face difficult challenges as well. Whether it’s illness, addiction, financial issues, job loss, loneliness, etc… The weight of daily life can leave us feeling drained or discouraged at times. This makes it very hard to shine in our own power. What God wants us to know, is that He is our power source. We need a close connection with Him in order to shine.
Steep Until You Seep
Being a tea drinker, steeping tea is something I do each morning. Just like a tea bag, we need to steep until we are saturated. In our case, we need to steep in God’s presence. By taking time with God:
- daily – to read scripture and reflect on how it applies to our life
- weekly – to worship Him in a community of believers. This recharges our batteries (you can’t power your light without it!)
- frequently – meet with a small group of other believers that you can “do life with.” This provides encouragement and comfort as we seek God’s direction together.
By steeping personally and in a community of believers, God’s light will begin to fill more and more of your life. Before you know it, His light will seep through you and shine brightly for His glory.
After my morning inspiration I wrote the draft for this message. Later in the afternoon, Mike and I were out strolling through a town in Maui upcountry. I had to smile when Mike called my attention to the drawing below on the blacktop. I don’t think God could be any clearer!
Be the light & let it shine before others!
God bless and remember to be the light by Sharing this Thyme4Faith message with others.