Let your light shine


Growing up, I never had much of an interest in sports or athletics because, truth be told, I never felt I was good at it. Unless you count my mom’s cheesy ’80s Jane Fonda workout videos I sometimes did in high school. Don’t laugh. It was some serious calorie burning.

But I’m proud to say I’ve come a bit farther in recent years – now I run several times a week. I actually enjoy it, for the most part! And I’m proud to share that over the weekend, I completed my fourth 5K, the Firefly Run, with my best time yet. My sister Meghan did it with me. That’s her in the picture, by the way. Unlike my last few 5Ks where I ended up in the back with all the strollers, dogs and walkers, I actually started in the front this time. That helped improve my time, I think, but I felt like I was just keeping up. They were all passing me! A few times, I did actually pass some people. I felt a little better about myself after that.

But this isn’t just any 5K, people. First, it’s at nighttime, which I love because that means no early morning wake-up call. But the best part is all the beautiful lights that sparkle through the streets. Think all the crazy, blingy, glow attire – bracelets, headbands, sunglasses, Mickey Mouse ears, you name it. From an aerial view, I have to guess it would really look like fireflies.

That image got me thinking. As Christians, we’re called to be lights in a dark world. In Matthew 5: 14-16, it says this:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Imagine if we all let the light of Jesus shine through us – in a figurative sense, it would look a lot like that 5K. I think too many of us, myself included, don’t always let our light shine as brightly as we should. But just like the nighttime, we live in a dark world. A world that desperately needs the light of Jesus. He is our only hope.

And I’m sure it goes without saying that far too many people in this world don’t know Jesus or His love for them. It’s so big. It changes who we are from the inside out. It forgives us, sets us free from our past and gives us new hope. When we live a life following Jesus, we live in complete freedom!

If more of us let our light shine, even just a little brighter, think of the difference we could make for the Lord’s kingdom. Sometimes “letting your light shine” is as simple as showing kindness to others, keeping a positive attitude at work or school or perhaps going out of your way to help someone. I think that’s where the phrase from the verse “good deeds”  plays in. Other times it’s witnessing to a friend, family member, coworker or even stranger who doesn’t know Jesus.

I also believe when we’re truly seeking Christ and living a life set on Him, that light will be shining – it’s simply a reflection of what’s already inside our heart. And friends, when you know the love of Jesus, that’s hard to keep inside. Anyone with me here?

We all lead busier lives than ever, and we all have our own problems to deal with. But don’t get so distracted by trivial day-to-day problems that you forget to share Christ with others. This one life is all we get. Don’t let it flash by without letting your light shine.

Hello and welcome!

Welcome to my blog! I’m honored that you’re here.

I’d say it’s safe to assume if reading this, you probably know me, and you may be wondering what compelled me to even start this. Well, good question!

A bit of background, if you don’t know: I love to write. Up until last summer, I worked at The Dallas Morning News, where I was a writer and editor covering community news. Now, I work as a content editor for a digital publishing company – which I love – but with it comes fewer writing opportunities.

Recently, I realized I miss writing and want to get back into it again, so I started praying God would about bring some more chances to write. Somehow or another, I got the idea to start a blog and felt the Lord pressing into my heart that THAT’s where He wants me to write!

Through this blog, I hope to share personal stories, scriptures and ways God has spoken to me in the hope of encouraging others. I may share opinions, but I don’t claim to be an expert on the Bible. Just a follower of Christ who is seeking Him and living in His grace daily. And right now, that’s enough. God has brought me through so many tough situations in life, even in just the last year, and I hope that by sharing a bit of what God is doing in my life and how he’s teaching me to trust him through even the hardest of times, you might be inspired in your walk with Him!

I certainly feel like some days I come up completely dry and don’t really have anything to give to others that would BEGIN to help them (I’m thinking, look at me, I’m a mess!  How can I encourage others?), but God has shown me this is the wrong way to think. We all have scars from the hard things we’ve been dealt in life, but I think each and every one of us has something we can offer to others, even if it’s just a few words of encouragement.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11

I love that verse. Anyway, I would appreciate any feedback, as well as any topics you’d be interested in hearing about.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by!