My daughter has a special knack. She walks in and lights up the room.
She’s been that way since the day she graced this earth. And I’ve loved watching her shine ever since.
There was a time, however, when her shine was nearly snuffed out. The enemy of her soul threw more at her than any young person should ever have to deal with. But even though her shine dimmed for a time, it never burned out.
She kept shining anyway.
shine :: to give forth or glow with light; shed or cast light
You see, she has this bright light overflowing from within her.
light :: an illuminating agent or source, as the sun, a lamp, or a beacon
Not just any light, but the true Light.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “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
She has the light of life burning bright inside her beautiful soul. She can’t help but shine.
When we have this same Light within us, it’s a forever light. It will never stop glowing. Nothing can extinguish it. And the cool thing is, when we share our light with another, it glows even brighter.
Friend, you are meant to shine.
To shine brightly for you, for others, for God. There’s no one who can shine like you can. Your shine is unique, and special. It’s meant to help others shine in their own way, too.
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. Ephesians 5:8-9
Pure, beautiful, abundant, genuine. Your shine is an extraordinary gift.
Sure, we’ll come across others who will try to dim this light of ours. We’ll also find the enemy of our souls will do what he can to stomp it out, like he did my daughter. And maybe at times we’ll second-guess if our light is even still lit.
We aren’t meant to shine on our own.
When we stay close to Jesus, we’ll remain strengthened, encouraged and blessed to shine brightly. In His power, not ours.
So friend, let your light shine for all to see. Keep doing the good you’re doing. Continue to point others in the right direction by lighting the way for them. Keep blessing, encouraging, loving and giving.
You are the world’s light—a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16
Take a handful of minutes to pause and reflect on your shine as you listen to this song by Natalie Grant. May it ring loud and true in your heart, and may it encourage your soul today.
Thank you for shining brightly in my life, friend!
Here we are on Day 16 of 31 Days #CelebratingWhoYouAre. We’re over half-way on our journey! I pray God is moving in our hearts and souls with His truth as we walk this path together. Thank you for being here today. Your presence is a gift to me! (Linking this post up with Susan Mead and Deb Wolf. Two beautiful hearts and spaces.)
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