It looks like Mondays are becoming a thing for blog posts – so, you can expect to find them here at the start of your week. It would be great to hear your thoughts on these posts, too! I pray you’re encouraged and inspired to inspire someone today. 😊
You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14
A couple of years ago, I wrote a Bible nugget about the Tower of Babel, which happened after Noah’s Ark. I posted, deleted, and reposted several times, and eventually took it down altogether. I didn’t have the confidence, was scared of what others would think, and wasn’t ready for feedback. I had my husband, and a couple of close friends read through it, and though I received a lot of encouraging comments, something still held me back. I really was worried about what others thought.
It just recurred to me…
Most sermons we hear today are precisely about that, especially when regarded to Bible stories like Noah’s Ark. We’re encouraged to not worry about what others will think and to do the thing God called us to do, like Noah. Even though it may have been hard on him in every aspect, he did it as he found favor in the eyes of the Lord.
Ever since I could hold a writing utensil in my hand, I knew I loved to write. Writing has been a thing for me even before I knew how to spell! I scribbled on every line of each notebook I got throughout my childhood, jotted through journals in all my teen years until now, and just several years ago started this blog. I’ve been quiet about it because, well, I was afraid of what you’d think.
No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but instead on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. Matthew 5:15
Matthew 5:14-16 has been on my heart for several months now. The more I dwell on it, the more I realize that what God put inside of us isn’t just for us. It’s for all to see. He said we are the light of the world, a city on a hill that can’t be hidden, and a lamp on a lampstand. He didn’t put us under a basket when He lit us but instead lifted us up to do the very thing we’re called to do – shine.
As a Christian, you stand out. Whether you want to or not.
I could make this short and end this post by encouraging you to “go after your calling” and “do the things you love,” but that’s not where I’m going. Matthew 5:14 says, “You ARE the light” (emphasis added). That means no matter what you enjoy doing, you will shine while doing it. I think back to my single-digit years, scribbling away in a Lisa Frank notebook, dreaming of the day I’d be able to spell correctly, not because I was “called to it” but because I enjoyed it. Then I learned to spell, grew up and learned to write, and am still enjoying it.
It’s a lot easier for me to pull back and keep quiet about my blog posts, or even to go back to just my journal. But there’s this desire in me to become a better writer; to sharpen my skills and learn how to receive feedback; to get uncomfortable.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Becoming a real Christian means to embrace and live in your new identity. FOR REAL. It’s easier to pull back and keep quiet, or to even go back under the basket (a dark, hidden life). But why would you want to when everything Jesus said about Himself, He spoke about you, too? (See Matthew 5:14 & John 8:12 as an example).
It might be a poor example, but I believe I got my point across.
I love to write and am challenging myself to put it out there more. I also love Jesus, who I’m becoming in Him, and challenge myself (and you) to put it out there more! Not in a boisterous, promotive-type of way, but by embracing who you became and living that out. LET your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to God.
So, while I go dig up my old Tower of Babel devo, I encourage you to take a step closer to what you’ve wanted to do for a while. Maybe you want to start a blog, write a book or write music, post a video, or simply paint. Think back to your childhood, and do that thing you love to do. Or think back to the last time you thought, “I should do this” and go for it. Don’t worry about what others will think! You’re the light, either way, SO BE.
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