Written By: Sienna Ducharme
“…Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16 NIV
When Kerrington announced the #SHINEproject, I was excited at the prospect of a new project that would further encourage the wonderful women that follow Uniquely Yours Ministries. But this new project was not about the women we have already reached. It was about the women we haven’t. Now, I don’t know about you, but when someone tells me to shine, I don’t immediately have a plan of action on what I will do. I don’t know how to flip that hidden switch. Should I be smiling more? Should I give more hugs? Should walk up to strangers, tell them that I’m shining and ask if they would they like to shine too?
Well, when someone told me to shine, I shared the post about it on Facebook and then quietly waited for someone else to take the lead. Most of us will recall a tune called ‘This Little Light of Mine’ often sung in Sunday school. It not only tells us not to hide our light, but it also says to stop Satan from blowing it out. Still no word on how to shine in the first place, but now I knew I was doing it wrong by laying low.
So I threw aside my ‘bushel’ and turned to the leading expert on most things: Google. (My Google search turned up a lot of articles on how to shine shoes, if you’re interested.)
Here is what else I found: “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light, for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true, and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.” ~Ephesians 5:8-10
Ah ha! There isn’t a light switch after all. He is the light, and we are His children. This means that by doing good works, and acting in a way pleasing to Him, we are shining His light. Every day, whenever you are doing something good, you are a brightly shining example of Him. Your actions don’t have to be showy or heroic, they just have to be good, with good intentions. Whether you knew it or not, you were shining His light. But now you can be a little more aware of how bright and sparkly you are.
Until Next Time,