When self doubt ties my tongue, I am dull. When perfectionism weights my joy, I am dull. When anger veils kindness, I am dull. When fear prevents me from trying, I am dull.
Dull may be part of my natural bent, but it is not a part of my calling. As a follower of Christ, I am required to be a light. I am called to shine.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
The Christmas season brings with it many opportunities to shine radiant with the Good News flowing fresh in my heart. This time of year can also bring distractions that make it far too easy to hide my light. Sometimes … and shamefully so, the one who falls in the center of my thoughts during the holidays is … me. My mind’s camera lens zooms in on my feelings … my desires … my needs (real or perceived) … and suddenly, I am dull.
Do you ever feel as if the light you are to shine burns dull? What burns you out? What reignites you?
This Christmas and all throughout the year, I want to toss away that basket that dulls my light … and I want to shine … to gleam bright and bold for the glory of my King.Leave a Comment