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Shine Brightly

What a privilege to be Your child, Father. The assurance of Your unconditional love gives me great comfort regardless of my circumstances. Thank You for the wonderful blessing that You are to my life!

Matthew 5:14-16 (<<click the green)

I have heard it argued that in reality darkness does not exist but in actuality, darkness is the absence of light. We have flashlights that cast beams of light into the darkness but there is no such thing as a darklight the can cast a shaft of darkness into the light.

As followers of Christ, we are responsible to “shine out for all to see”. Lord, You are the Great Light within us but how often do we try to throw a blanket over You so that we can do what we want? We try to hide Your light.

My fear is that many have no problem with shining a little light while in church or visiting dear old grandma but throw them out into the world and many are quick to throw their lamp “under a basket”. Lord, how often, when we live this kind of life, is Your reputation soiled?

We like to think that no one will know but quite often that is not the case. People have a way of finding out lots of things on either side of this scenario. We may try to hide the fact that we go to church from those we work with or live next to but word gets around.

Years ago I ran into an old acquaintance and through the course of conversation, I shared where I was ministering at the time. He told me where he worked and I made a connection to an active member in my church. Just by the look on his face, you could tell that he was surprised – the member’s reputation wasn’t reflecting a whole lot of light in regards to his relationship with Christ.

Our Christian friends can’t be fooled either…at least not for very long.

Lord, Your proclamation in Luke 6:45 rings loud and clear,

“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”

Lord, we all struggle at times. May I diligently be storing up a good treasury in my heart so that I may be a producer of good things. May my light shine forth brightly so that I may bring glory to You. Amen.

Oct 16th, Mon, 6:25 am

Hide it Under a Bushel…NO!

As I come to write this morning, Father, it is pitch-black dark outside. The only light, beyond the occasional passing vehicle, are the lights in the room where I sit.

This is the world in which I find myself.

Even after the sun comes up, from a spiritual perspective much of the world around me will be pitch-black dark. There are many others glowing with Your love but so, so many are not. They are lost. They are searching. They are stumbling around trying to find their way, many not even knowing for what they are looking. May I steadily and brightly shine, glowing with Your love within me, that they may be drawn to You. Amen.

14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16

Lord, You said that I am the “light of the world.” You shining forth through me is a powerful force. That, in and of itself, can have great impact…but is there more required of me? Your love glowing in me will attract others to its light but I do believe that You call me to “let [my] good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

I am not called to just be a passive light shining in the darkness. You have given me a clear call to action! What all that means specifically I am going to have to think on some.

Lord, may I shine brightly, with Your love and presence in my life radiating for all the world to see. And once You have the world’s attention may my “good deeds” impact them, as well, so much so that they want to know more and most importantly, that they want to know You! Amen.

Sept 20th, Wed, 6:28 am

Coal Basket Bible

This day began very early and I pray that it has a relatively early bedtime. But regardless, I am glad that You were with me throughout it. I am glad that You come to mind regularly. You have a comforting effect on my life and a confidence that You instill in me. Thank You, Father, for it all.

Today I randomly shared a post that a friend had shared from Mikey’s Funnies (http://www.mikeysfunnies.com/). It is a wonderful story with an excellent message that I truly believe needs to be shared. So here it is.

COAL BASKET BIBLE

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson, who wanted to be just like him, tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?” The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.” The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again.

This time the boy ran faster, but again the basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!”

“So you think it is useless?” the old man said. “Look at the basket.” The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old coal basket, it was clean. “Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.”

Lord, I would pray that You continue to change me from the inside out. Amen.

June 21st, Wed, 9:23 pm