Let Your Light Shine

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It’s been a while since I’ve been here. 

I have been busy with kids and with work; with ministry, and family and friends. And dinner is not going to cook itself, nor are elves going to do my laundry.

But honestly, that’s not the real reason that I have been absent.

Fear of failure and rejection had taken powerful hold of me, paralyzing and convincing me that I really have nothing to say…and if I did have something to say, who would want to hear it?

So I put down my pen and picked up broom. I swapped my laptop for the vacuum and used “being busy” as an excuse to take a break.

I am so thankful that the Lord never leaves me, even when I stop walking in His calling. And I am very grateful that He has placed people in my life who will not allow me to wallow in anxiety and fear.

Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV) “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Some people in our lives offer words of encouragement. Others give a gentle push to help us to realize our potential. Still others are great examples and serve as inspiration for us to have the courage to boldly accomplish our purpose. 

My little sister, Kimmy, has served me in all these ways and more. In fact, if it weren’t for her, I can honestly say that I would never have started this blog in the first place. She bravely started her own business from the ground up, giving me an example to follow.

When I am discouraged, she lifts me up. Those who know me well will recognize a favorite quote of mine from early church leader, Irenaeus,

The glory of God is man fully alive!

For Christmas a few years ago, Kimmy hand lettered this quote for me, knowing that it would inspire me to live for the glory of the Lord. Today it hangs in the main room of my home so I can see it daily and remember to let my light shine before men. And as I do, I bring glory to my God!

And most recently, when I thought that I was finished with writing, Kimmy pushed me to get back to my keyboard and let my light shine, offering to collaborate on a project. I was thrilled to join her in combining our two giftings - her incredible artistry and my writing. Next week we will release our finished product, and I could not be more excited. 

Kimmy is a pastor’s wife, and it occurs to me that these are the exact qualities a woman in her position ought to have. She knows that the Lord has made her a light for the world, and she has not hidden it. And she loves her sheep enough to help us realize who we are in Christ and what it takes to shine our light for the glory of God. I am proud to call her my sister and honored to call her my friend.