Rise and Shine!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
“God uses ordinary people.” He uses them not because they are special or because they have special abilities; he uses them because they are ordinary. It is only His power that can make the ordinary extraordinary! One of the ordinary things you can do that will have a God-centered impact is to take care of yourself.
God is the Creator of physical light as well as the Giver of spiritual light by which we can see the truth. Light exposes that which is hidden in darkness; it shows things as they really are. Self-care is an acknowledgment of God’s divine presence in you. Spending time caring for your mind enables God’s light, love and wisdom to shine through your thoughts. When you make it a point to still your mind and your body to care for your spirit, you open yourself to receive to power of God’s love and wisdom. This wisdom leads to righteousness ~ right thinking, right action and right response in all aspects of your life. Caring for yourself demonstrates gratitude for God’s presence in you.
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” 2 Corinthians 4:6
There are people in the world who desperately need the presence of God’s light. You are a perfect source through which that light can shine to them. People may learn by example, and you are a living example. The world needs living proof that God, His Holy Spirit and the light of His love are available to all. The better you feel, the better you look from within. The better you look from within, the more inspiration you offer. The more inspiration you offer the more believable it becomes that there are benefits and rewards for caring for the God in you.
This light within you, which is powered by an invisible Source, will guide, protect and supply you with everything you need, at all times, under all circumstances. Who in the world would not benefit from a little more light? A touch of love? Or a surge of power? All it takes is a little time. A little care. A few moments of silence and stillness each day. Do it for yourself. Do it for others. If these reasons are not good enough, then do it for God. Self-care is God care. Care for your mind, your body and your spirit as acknowledgment of God and in service to the world.
Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence. 1 John 3:18-19
The shift you must make in order to use your power, see your light and to secure the key that will open all the doors of life, is to move your attention from the outside world to the inside of you. Do you think others can see God’s lght in you?
Every experience leaves an imprint on our hearts and mind and in the lives of others. The world is waiting to see this little light of yours.