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Sitting on the grass, the shadows bounced around me, but I focused on the gorgeous light strokes across the night sky. The resounding booms drowned out the noise of the crowd. Hundreds of yards away, a tiny flicker captured everyone’s attention and then shot up into the sky. Suddenly, pitch black darkness blossomed into brightly colored rays of beautiful light. The sight encapsulated my entire field of vision and I felt like the fireworks somehow had invaded my heart.
If you’ve ever watched fireworks, then you know how amazing the view can be. Each tiny light makes its way into the darkness and two perfectly-timed fuses within a shell perform their duty to create an illuminous masterpiece. If the shell sits in a covered box, protected from anything that might ignite it, then the beauty it contains is never seen. The incredible vision of light it provides is, sadly, never displayed.
Sometimes expressing faith in Christ is challenging. I’ve had times when I’ve struggled with how to be a witness for Christ and I’m guessing you have too. Putting our faith first can rub someone the wrong way or explaining a differing opinion can be taken from the opposite view we intended. Yet, God’s Word explains that we are called to be a light in the world. Matthew 5:14-16 CSB reminds us:
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are 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 in heaven.”
While it’s tempting to keep our “shells in the box” and avoid revealing the light of Christ inside our hearts, living our faith out loud isn’t an option if we truly love the Lord. As Christians, we must not be afraid to shine God’s light into the night sky, revealing the beauty of the Gospel to a dark world.
So how can we do this? Just like the perfectly-timed fuses contained with the shells of fireworks, the Holy Spirit within us can show us the way to spread the Light of the world. Watch for opportunities to share your own faith story in open situations. Always be ready to talk about the hope God has entrusted in you. Be in tune to say the right word at the appropriate time. Take action through serving others and meeting their needs, both physical and spiritual. What a wondrous display of God’s light to live each day intentionally, doing our part to love others!
This July 4th, we invite you to be brave and not to allow fear to get in the way of sharing your faith. At DaySpring, we strive to equip people to know and share God’s love in fresh, true and inspiring ways. From our greeting cards, to our inspirational mugs, Bible journaling tools and home décor, it is our hope that these resources will further help you share His Words with others and #LiveYourFaith.
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Rachel “Wojo” Wojnarowski loves being a wife, mom to 7, author and Bible study teacher. She and her husband, Matt, enjoy caring for their busy family, whose ages span 5 to 27 years and includes a special needs daughter. In her "free time" she crochets, knits, and sews handmade clothing. Ok, not really. She enjoys running and she's a tech geek at heart. Reader, writer, speaker and dreamer, you can find Rachel on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, and of course, RachelWojo.com.
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