So glad to get up and see the sun this morning, as that was not what was forecast! A large part of my excitement is that it’s the joint churches fun day today! (At the Castle, Bude, 2-6pm….if you’re in the area)
I heard someone preach about being salt and light and the whole ‘not hiding your light’ thing a few weeks ago and I keep thinking about it, so I thought I’d share…
First though, I have to do this: (Everyone sing along now)
Right, now I’ve got that out of my system (and into your heads) let’s talk:
Matthew 5:13-16 talks about keeping our passion for God and keeping our light (our example) shining to the world. It was, in part, that sermon that helped me choose to become a Christian at 13; I wanted to live God’s way, be different and help others….still a work in progress but happy to be on the right track!
More recently it has come to mean something different to me: The second part of the scripture talks about not losing your flavour or hiding your light. While no- one wants to do that, we sometimes get bogged down with stuff we have to do or think about, but we need to remember praise is a conscious choice. (Not preaching here, am talking to me as much as I am to you guys!)
I’m trying to sing and thank God more, which is a lot easier some days than others! But God knows that and appreciates the effort even more on the rough days… It amazes me that even when I feel rubbish God wants my little gift of praise, He doesn’t need it but it pleases Him, like a thank you card pleases us. I am allowed to list my problems and complain to Him (and we probably all have) but it’s a relationship that needs love and appreciation as well, just like our Earthly ones do.
Guess what? God still wants me to praise Him and be be a good example, just as much as He did when I was 13…..and He will still want that for me when I’m 83!
So today I’m choosing to let my light shine in praise and thankfulness to God, will you join me?
Have a lovely day,