Let Your Light Shine

I am continuing on the theme of Bible verses that speak to an illuminated life.  The next verse listed in Writing in the Margins on this topic is Matthew 5:16:

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

For this verse, I waited for a set of stamps that I ordered from Tai Bender’s Growing Meadows Etsy Shop.  They are super cute and a perfect size for Bible Journaling!  Clear stamps are totally the way to go for Bible journaling because it is so much easier to position them correctly!

I’ve illustrated this passage before, but sometimes it’s nice to come back to the same verse and read it in a new way.  When I first read the passage, I read it as speaking to followers of Jesus as a group.  Today it spoke more to me personally.  I feel like most of the time the light that burns so brightly in me is under a basket.  One of my biggest worries is that people will say about me only:  “She’s a nice person” without being able to see clearly that I am a Christian, a disciple of Jesus.

I know personally I find myself feeling alone as a Christian in a secular world quite often.  Even this blog is something of an open secret; it doesn’t come up in conversation often with family and friends.    I’ve spent so much time in a secular world that I am honestly very quiet about my faith.  It pops out now and again if I feel comfortable and if I feel the other person will be receptive, but most of the time I talk about the things normal people do.  Meanwhile, on the inside, my head, heart, and imagination are always spinning.  I feel blessed by a rich interior life.  Sharing my random thoughts on this blog is a small step toward letting my light shine!

I am not sure what holds me back from shining more brightly for Jesus.  Praying for the light in me to always be connected to its source and to shine bright and clear!!!  I did a tip-in and show both front and back below…


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