Friday, March 8, 2019

Let Your Light Shine




By the way you live let your light shine. And by your speech and actions let your story be told.  There must be brightness in your character that casts out the darkness of doubt.  You must shine like the sun, twinkle like stars, and be at peace in the world.  Remember to share love, and spread it to everyone – the happy and unhappy, rich, poor, hungry, and the homeless alike. With your speech spread wisdom when encountering friends, strangers, and the broken-hearted.  An author Wilferd Peterson (1900–1995) wrote, “Let your light shine.  Be a source of strength and courage.  Share your wisdom.  Radiate love.”

A poet and writer Wheeler Wilcox (18501919) said, “The man who radiates good cheer, who makes life happier wherever he meets it, is always a man of vision and faith.”  Are you able to forgive people’s indiscretions?  Can you forgive hurt?   Can you forgive rudeness, cruelty and offensive acts?  Despite these wrongs you must still be willing to pardon your friends, neighbors, and enemies.  A professor of psychiatry at the State University of New York, Thomas Szasz (19202012) wrote, “The stupid neither forgive nor forget, the naïve forgive and forget, the wise forgive but do not forget.” 

Thoughts & Actions

As the saying goes, “Be kind to others.”  It’s always good to acknowledge kind acts.  It’s best to remember to send thank-you cards, notes of appreciation, and peace offerings to those you don’t see eye to eye with.  By doing so you’ll be expressing kindness by taking the high road.  It’s wise to do favors to the least among us.  Why not encourage your friends, pat them on their backs, and say a few words of encouragement.  Never give up on people.  When conflicts arise think about what you can say and do.  An unknown writer wrote, “We greatly influence others with our thoughts, if our thoughts are kind, peaceful and quiet, turned only toward good, then we also influence ourselves and radiate peace all around us.” 

Bend over backwards by doing a favor, and build confidence in others.  It’s always wise to compliment, support, and acknowledge the good people do.  This was what Saint Teresa of Calcutta (19101997), a Roman Catholic nun often did.  It was she who taught, “Let no one come to you without leaving better and happier.  Be the living expression of God’s kindness.  Kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” 

Watch Your Demeanor

People must be lights in the world.  By modeling God’s truth you ought to be symbols of the good news to mankind.  Your lights mustn’t be hidden or dimmed, but must shine always brightly on those we encounter.  Why hide your light under a bushel?  Believers’ work is for all to see.  Through our lives people will come to know the Lord, and glorify his precious name.  Be thankful for all things.  When reaching out to people, do so with joy, and make God’s Word known.  In ministering if you’re able to reach one lost sheep, consider this, what you’re called to do.  The hallmark of one’s faith is simplicity and humility.  When meeting people be a positive experience to them, for your walk is crowned by our Savior, the truly brilliant light.

      

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