Are You Lit Up?

“If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!”   

MATTHEW 5:16 MSG

You are created to be a light-bearer of God’s love.

As God fills you with the light of His love, it will overflow on those around you. 

Where has God put you? At work? At home? At school?

This is the stand He has placed you on, it is the hilltop to shine the light of His love for others on.

Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity – shine where you are.

Light shines brightest in the darkness.

It is needed most when the shadows of heartbreak, loss and fear are hovering.

Spend a minute or two basking in God’s unrelenting love for you. 

Then be ready when your plans change and you have an opportunity to respond grace-full-y. 

Be ready when there has been a miscommunication, you have an opportunity to lead with an apology. 

Be ready when someone lashes out and hurts you and instead of lashing out back, you bring them a bandaid of mercy. 

These are the moments when the power and love of Jesus shines through you.

You are created to be a light-bearer of God’s love.

So shine bright, my friend, this dark world needs you.

Light-Bearers

“If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!”   

MATTHEW 5:16 MSG

You are a light-bearer of God’s love.

As God fills you with the light of His love, it will overflow on those around you.

Where has God put you? At work? At home? At school?

This is the stand He has placed you on, it is the hilltop to shine the light of His love for others on.

Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity – shine where you are.

Light shines brightest in the darkness.

It is needed most when the shadows of heartbreak, loss and fear are hovering.

Spend a minute or two basking in God’s unrelenting love for you. 

Then be ready when your plans change and you have an opportunity to respond grace-full-y. 

Be ready when there has been a miscommunication, you have an opportunity to lead with an apology. 

Be ready when someone lashes out and hurts you and instead of lashing out back, you bring them a bandaid of mercy. 

These are the moments when the power and love of Jesus shines through you.

You are a light-bearer of God’s love.

So shine bright, my friend, this dark world needs you.

Faith Full

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I remember a time a few years ago when I was discouraged and heartbroken.

My hopes had been swept away by a flood of circumstances fueled by other people’s choices and actions. I chose integrity but no one else saw it that way. My character was questioned. My reputation was shredded and I could do nothing about it.

I could only walk forward into a future that I had not anticipated or imagined.

I clung to Jesus. I grabbed hold of the promise that He would never leave me or forsake me. I tried to trust that He could redeem the circumstances as I watched everything we had built crumble around us. I tried and failed. I couldn’t find trust or hope within my soul, only heartbreak and fear.

Psalm 119:116 became the words I held onto:

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.”

One morning I got up early and took a walk. We were living in Las Vegas and my neighborhood edged the desert by the Red Rock. With worship music loaded on my iPod, I set out to pray and breathe in the presence of God.

As I turned the corner out of my neighborhood and onto the desert road behind it the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness” began. The sun was just rising over Red Rock Canyon and it was so beautiful that I almost dropped to my knees.  I heard God’s whisper in my heart, “Hold on. Your hopes are not lost. I am faithful to complete what I have started in you. I will sustain you through this and strengthen you in it. My faithfulness knows no end.”

It was a turning point for me. I carried that promise through a time that got harder long before it got better.

Hold on, my friend, your hopes are not lost. 

Jesus is faithful to complete what He started in you.

He will sustain you and strengthen you in it.

God’s faithfulness knows no end.