Way to Shine!

The path of the just is like the shining sun. PROVERBS 4:18 NKJV 

God is love and love is bright. Kindness and love leave trails of light in our lives that become brighter as we draw closer to their source. Our presence, or rather His presence in us, starts to feel like pure sunshine to everyone we come in contact with. And who doesn’t want to be sunshine in a dark world? On sunny days it seems like joy explodes. Birds sing a little more exuberantly, smiles increase, moods lift, and optimism comes a little easier. Light has a positive effect on our overall well-being. I think it’s another reason why blue-sky, beach days are so healing. It’s impossible to be unhappy there! 

Our heartfelt desire should be that the path of our lives stay flooded by the light of God. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are the things that keep it illuminated. We won’t get everything right every day, but we will get new mercy every morning. If one day dims our path, the next can make it shine again because we walk in grace and forgiveness. God will never hold His hand over the light of our lives when we fail. His love will lift us right back up and into the spotlight that points to Him. We’re created in His image and that’s a humbling thought. But it’s also a refreshing reminder that His glory can light the world through us. 

The way to shine is by letting God have His way with our days, our actions, our choices, and our hearts. A little prayer of surrender before we move through our day goes a long way in keeping the path of our lives well-lit by loving well. The best days are always about how we love the people in our lives in the best ways. Nothing else lights up lives like the love of God, and nothing on earth is more fulfilling than being the one it shines through. 

Father, shine brightly through my life today, drawing eyes and hearts to you by the warmth of Your love. 

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