Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Light Shines On!

She volunteers in her local soup kitchen serving food with a smile and a gracious word.  They look forward to seeing her there because her presence has become an encouragement.  They can see bright Light shining through her.

He helps construct a house that will be someone’s home, teaching the younger man working with him with patience and kindness.   The younger man does his very best to do things well and looks forward to going to work every day just so he can see that bright Light again.

She works hard to meet her deadlines so her co workers can meet theirs. She works cheerfully and well, often solving problems before anyone else finds out about them. The others love to work with her because she inspires them to do their best work too…and because they can see the bright Light that shines through her.

He works long days and into the evening preparing the soil for growth.  He smiles as he waters and nurtures the tender young plants coming from the earth bringing new life.  He is a wise source of inspiration to those who work along side because there is this bright Light that is always on…

She spends more time than is expected of her to see that every detail is in order and that all is ready for every committment. Her gracious attention to detail ensures a smooth and pleasant experience even when the unexpected comes.  There is alway a Plan B or C ready to be implemented.  There are many happy apreciative people who see clearly that the bright Light is ON!

Where did the Light come from?

…from a tiny baby boy born in a dark place 2000 years ago.  His Light still shines.  Through you, through me.

When you give water to the thirsty, food to the hungry, give your extra clothes to the poor, when you care for the sick, visit those in prison, or show hospitality to the stranger.   (Matt 25: 35-36) Maybe we can’t all do all these things, but what we can do allows the Light to shine on.

How do you capture this Light? You just  have to recieve it…it’s free…no strings attached…Believe.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”.  John 3:16

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.  John 1:5

Welcome the Child and His love this year as never before.  Shine On!

 

 

 

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Slow Down! Let His Light Shine!

The Apostle Paul in  2 Corinthians said something like:  The light of the glory of God shines from the faces of those who turn to God. (those who repent). They can’t help it.  The glow is a result of the relationship – the close relationship between God and His beloved.

When Christians see other Christians neither has to veil their faces – for neither is blinded by the Light, yet each  recognizes what the Light means in the other.  It means there is a personal relationship with the Creator God through His Son, Jesus the Christ.   It should be clear Whose we are.

But we live in a world that turns away from and even violently rejects the Light.  We live in a fallen world – at least for now – that provides distraction after distraction with so little effort it seems.  Some of our distractions are good things, things we should be concerned about.  But it is possible to become TOO busy.  So busy that we don’t notice the things we should.

Our lives are FULL of things to do, places to go, things to plan, people to care for, lists to make and then carry out….it just keeps going!  And it’s about to get much worse – if we let it.  We can be so tied to schedules and our own lists that we might not notice what is there for us to see – the life that needs God’s glory to shine on them. From you.  Could be that homeless lady at the food pantry, or the child looking up at you in the grocery store.  Could be the driver of a vehicle close to you in snarled traffic.  Could be that loved one…but will you notice? …  Will I?  Have we left no time to listen to the voices of those who need us?  Will we just rush right on past an opportunity to be a blessing? or to receive one?  Are we looking for those who need the Light to shine on them?

Maybe we need a fresh dose of His Light in our own lives, perhaps we are blinded by distraction.

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we approach the most wonderful time of the year when our hearts need to be stirred to remember the Greatest Gift ever given we confess that we are too busy.  We need Your Grace to fill us and overflow from us onto all the people you place in our lives.  We need to stop and listen for Your Word that speaks softly so that we may find that comfort and JOY choirs will soon sing about.  We need Your guidance to know when to say the little word “no” to over committment so that we can make room for You in our celebrations.

If the WORD lives in your heart, it will shine out through your eyes

be in the words you speak, the thoughts you think,

and the actions you take. 

A really short devotion: Romans 12

A genuine relationship with Christ will be evident in our lives.

Romans 12 talks about different gifts. People have different gifts and talents, I believe that because I’ve seen it. You have too. Some are good at building things with their hands and others excel at building consensus with words.

Maybe we’re called to do different things at different times. In response to God’s call we can and maybe are developing the foundation for more than one gift as we move through life.

Or perhaps as a result of growing closer to Him we are able to do more than we thought?

When we experience the change in our lives the power of the Holy Spirit brings, it effects the way we think and behave, the words we say, and fundamentally influences the witness we have in this world. The Holy Spirit brings a new way of thinking, a new way of BEING in the world and effects the way the world influences us. We are nurtured by the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we grow and we change. We change for the better, and we just can’t help it! And that is just fine.

Dear Father,

What a thoughtful God you are!  You give us gifts and then you put us together with people who have complementary gifts!   I hope it gives You JOY as you mold and develop those gifts.  Use us and these your gifts for your honor and glory today and everyday.  Amen

Now what about you?   Take a moment and think about the gifts you are thankful for today.