Even Through Hardships...


You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

- Matthew 5:14-16

Faith in action is working your way out of the valley with a heart that loves beyond the adversity. To then finding yourself at the top of the hill with humility and confidence that with God all things are possible.

I read a commentary from Jack Wellman, a pastor and senior writer of What Christians Want To Know, who stated it so well: “We can be a light to the world but Jesus is the Light of the World.” When we are serving God and shining His light to those around us, it’s really not about us at all. It is the power of glorifying God through the gifts He so graciously gave us.

This looks different for everyone. We all have special gifts to live out our faith. Although not always easy, there is so much joy found and fulfillment felt when you act on your faith. One of the ways I love to shine His light is through my personal hardships in life.

My dad passed away on Father’s Day when I was a little girl, something that has impacted every single day of my life. From that, I have chosen to use my pain for a purpose. This takes my grief and great heartbreak and turns it into something I can use for a greater good. It helps me cope with loss and helps others see Jesus through that. Serving on missions in orphanages, writing about the hope in His promises and using daily opportunities to simply be kind to others.

Shine your light. Reflect Jesus’ love.

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

There’s so much to be said about having genuine compassion for people, because ultimately, we are all sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father. We all need to know the steadfast love of our Lord and Savior. Being a light in this dark world will always win. No matter the circumstances and through it all.

Faith in the flesh is a beautiful movement of trust and hope in Him.

Reflection

1. What does “being a light” mean for you? Think about what you are currently struggling with. What are some ways you can use those present hardships for something greater?

2. Think of someone else who is struggling. Maybe it’s even someone who you have always seen but never spoken to. Put your faith into action and show them they are loved. Remember: sometimes it only takes one kind heart to help others see they are loved and cared for.

Prayer

Lord, I pray that I always feel Your great love, even amid the deepest heartbreak. My heart’s desire is to glorify You in all that I do and when I may fail, I pray that I see Your light to find my way out of the darkness. I want others to see You through me. Help me find and use my gifts for Your Kingdom. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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