Let It Shine

I’ve always paid attention to light, whether it’s the warm rays of a sunset, or the burn of a flame. The light as I take a picture, or the light in my daughter’s eyes as she finishes something she’s proud of. I love light analogies and examples. And there are plenty of light references in the Bible for a reason. Jesus is the light. “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

As I drove home the other night, I looked at all the lights decorating the streets. Every house is lit up differently. There are no two houses that look exactly the same, as their lights twinkle in the night. Some have reindeer lit up in their front yard, others have Santa Claus blown up. Some have colorful lights covering their roof, others have only white lights hanging on their door.

What kind of lights are set up in your heart? How have you chosen to decorate your internal space this Advent?

Whatever you have picked out is perfect, even in its imperfection. There is no right or wrong. There is only your opinion. Your judgement. So be gentle with yourself and know that your lights are brilliant, that you are enough, that you are brave and strong. Your light is needed. It makes a difference. Let it shine. Share it with others. Because God planted that light in you and now it’s up to you what to do with it and how it multiplies within you and around you. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”- Matthew 5:14-15

Advent Action: Light a candle for someone you know who might be feeling darkness. Lift them up in prayer and surround them in the light of Jesus.

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