Happy Monday, all!
Do you every feel like you are not moving ahead, stuck in a rut in a particular place in your life? I know I do and in fact, I began my morning with a “feeling of famine” with regard to being able to make a positive difference in the lives of others. When I recognized my negative feelings and lack of fulfillment, the following scripture came to mind,
“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13.
I immediately closed my eyes and asked God to help me turn around this day, thanking him for knowing and hearing my heart. Next, I began my normal morning routine of reading a daily devotion from the book, “Jesus Calling” and reviewing my daily feed from my favorite online source for encouragement and direction, iDisciple.
It’s mornings like this that make me wish unbelievers could have a “peephole” into my life and witness the way God shows up when we open our hearts and invite him in. His presence was undeniable as every entry on my personal iDisciple feed for today offered encouraging words that addressed my exact needs for today. One in particular was entitled, “Are you a shining light?” and contained the following words in the description:
“In a very dark world, even the tiniest light brings glory to the Father. Believe that you can make a difference for Christ right where you are!”
These words were EXACTLY what I needed to hear to encourage me to forge ahead with a renewed hope and excitement for what God has planned for the rest of my day. Also included in this inspiring post from Hal White, COO of iDisciple was an acrostic for the word “LIGHT” that I have printed out to serve as a reminder to look forward with hope and understanding that “nothing combats darkness like light.”
L – Love people unconditionally.
The most authentic way to display Christ-likeness is to love without condition. This is unchanging love without bounds, affection without limits, and care under all circumstances. It’s love unhindered by pressuring those you love to perform. Romans 12:10 says it best: “Be devoted to one another in love.”
I – Invest in people.
I like what John Maxwell says, “If you live life with the intention of making a difference in others’ lives, your life will be full, not empty. That is the true reason for living.”
G – Go the second mile. (Anyone can go the first mile).
Luke 6: 27 says, “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
H – Hold others in high esteem.
Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
T – Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Luke 6:31 says, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” To be the light of Christ, just think about how it feels to be in someone’s shoes, then act with compassion.
After years of trying to please “others” and live my life the way I thought “they” expected me to, I now know the truth. Being given a “renewed life” in Christ, my purpose on this earth is to brighten the lives of others. The catalyst may be using my artistry skills to help a woman recognize her natural external beauty, sharing my personal story or simply showing kindness to another person. Regardless of the avenue, the gift of gratitude and grace that typically follows is more rewarding than any worldly gift I could ever receive!
For details on how God changed my life, read my blog post, “A Changed Life” here
Sending love and encouragement to all!
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