It has truly been a journey of ups and downs, but through it all I have come to know myself a lot better and recognize that it's because of His love and His word in my heart that I have been able to move forward from a lot of things that once held me back.
This week my prayer has been for more people to get to the place where they allow the God in them to shine. I believe the problem most of us have is that we try to make every thing about us instead of letting everything be about God.
The Bible declares in Matthew 5:13-16 that: ‘Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and out 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.’
If we can learn how to work to ensure that others can see God’s glory through us, then we will truly start achieving what we have been purposed to do which is win souls to Christ.
Letting your light shine is essential to helping create a better environment in your community. Don’t wait on someone else to go next door and check on the elderly person, you do it; don’t wait on someone else to start a new ministry in the church, talk to your pastor and you do it; if you see someone in need, don’t just past them by and say, ‘someone else will help them,’ you do it.
When we let the God in us shine we give people around us permission to feel free to ask us why we’re smiling when the economy is messed up; we give them permission to ask us what is it that makes us operate with so much joy when people are trying so hard to destroy us.
Life is hard. Jesus knows that. As a man He experienced the same things we do today. Although he never sinned, He felt pain and loneliness. His life has given us a model to follow in trying to get it right.
This week my prayer is for you to be encouraged and understand that in spite of failure, disappointment and heartache, God is still in control.
Throughout the rest of this year, if your world crumbles around you don’t flinch in faith in God; stand still — not because of a self-made confidence, not because you are the most composed person in the face of disaster, not because “you’ve seen it all.” Be still because of what you know about God.
It is “God’s past” that provides calm for “our future.” Know that he is God! Know it, not merely intellectually, but practically, spiritually and emotionally. He is your God.
Remember this, no matter what you decide to do keep God first, because no one will love you, care for you the way God will.
Keep this in mind throughout the week and hopefully you will let your light shine.
• God is always greater than your need.
• God always is greater than your enemy.
• God always loves you more than you do.
• God always has better plans for you than you do.
• God always gives you what is good for you.
• God always is available to you.
• God gives you what you could never give to yourself.
• Whatever God gives to you can never be taken from you.
Keep the faith and stay encouraged. M.J.T. Love.
Donell Maxie is a staff writer for The Bolivar Commercial. He can be reached at 843-4241 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.