“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Over the course of this past month, this verse has popped up several times and I have had a few instances to practice and choose whether to allow my flesh to win or to let my light shine so that the circumstance would reflect the glory of the Lord. I remind my kids (and myself) frequently that it is so important how we handle and respond to any situation that comes our way, even when we fail or fall down. Our actions reflect Jesus or of this world. We choose to shine our light or choose not to. Ultimately, it is a choice. We choose to love, have compassion, a forgiving spirit or we choose the opposite and our hearts harden a bit more. Jesus’ Light shines through our attitudes, words, responses and actions. We should always be striving to become more like Him and be less of this world. We are called to be set apart. I want my children to grow up knowing and remembering that shining our light for Jesus, in a world full of darkness, will win people over for Him and will honor and glorify His Name. It is planting seeds and making a difference in His Kingdom, making a difference in someone’s life. How we respond determines what kind of impact we have on those around us. It is important to teach them also that when we fall, we don’t stay there. We get back up, learn from it and keep moving forward. It is there that we learn, grow and build character.
I would like to encourage you to take a step back and think of the different areas in your life. Which one of those areas can you shine your light a little brighter for Jesus. I recently did this in my own life, I have even challenged my kids with this and we are working on shining our lights a bit brighter for the One who paid it all. It takes work, time, love, patience, etc. Most importantly, we cannot do this in our own strength. He gives us what we need for each situation and it really boils down to this-you got it, our choices! It begins with ourselves, changing how we respond. What is our heart attitude of the situation? One of the first steps we can do is getting into God’s Word. It is He who changes our hearts so that we can shine our light brighter! Choose wisely today, friends and love well!
In closing, I would like to share a painting I did a few months ago for a lovely friend. It was a custom order for her daughters 18th birthday and it is fitting for today’s post. I worked on this while there was snow outside as you can see in the one pic! Here a few steps of the process, it was a fun one to work on.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?”