Is there an alternative to letting my light shine?

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“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:13-16 King James Version


Last week, I didn’t say this but, as I wrote that I would try to let my light shine for the purpose of glorifying the LORD, I was thinking that the alternative to doing that was not letting my light shine at all. But then when I came back to these verses this week, I see the portion of it that says “A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” (sic)  But what I just realized is that there is no alternative. I cannot hide the blessings and talents God has given me. Either I let them shine for the sole purpose of glorifying GOD or I don’t. It’s just that simple.

And I assume that as long as I’m letting my light shine for this purpose, I’m doing the right thing. I’m sure life won’t be necessarily easier and I’m sure some people still won’t understand why I let my blessings show. But at least I will know that I’m living my life (at least part of it) according to the Word.

This process of reading one Bible passage per month has taught me so much about the Word and myself. I hope that as time goes on, I am able to make sure that all the people I come in contact with learn from the mistakes I’ve made and the lessons I’ve learned. By doing this, I think that I’m giving “light unto all that are in the house.” And, I hope that my candle can be used to help them light their candle so their light can shine brightly also.


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