Let it Shine

My Dad finished his race on May 3, 2018.  In honor of him, I wanted to share his favorite scripture with you and a quick thought.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
— Matt 5:16


He was a quiet man and leader, yet had an infectious laugh and love for life.  In short, I would say one of his strongest traits was spreading joy with the life he lived wherever he went.  I have purposefully reflected back over his life these past few weeks and listened to numerous stories others have shared about him. I have realized in an even more profound way that he was one that didn't just want to talk the talk, but he truly wanted what he did to bring glory to the Lord.

He wasn't a perfect man (who is?), but he was genuine in his living.  I believe we tend to confuse the two at times. Even still, here is what I am learning more and more every day.  The outpouring of our lives is indeed a reflection of our hearts.  And although we may fall short at times, I believe when our hearts are committed to the Lord, he gives grace to us and those around us to see beyond who we are and to recognize the power of the God that lives and dwells within us. As scripture says, "in our weakness, He is made strong." (II Cor 12:9)

As I continue to reflect and challenge myself to a greater depth of shining God's light, I extend the invitation to you as well. Let's go deeper in our intentionality to BE the light.  Let's not consume ourselves with perfection, but commit to living genuinely in our words and actions for the ultimate purpose of bringing glory to the Lord.

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