Lord, I want to shine for You. This is the thought that consumed my mind this week.
I never considered whether my life was a mirror or a lantern. It makes a difference you know. For instance, one reflects its environment (mirror) and the other (lantern) shines light amid the environment.
You may be asking me “so what is the big deal here.” Well, stay with me.
A mirror passively reflects its surroundings and effects no change. However, a lantern asserts its radiance and can effect change by shining light into the darkness. The source of one is the atmosphere while the source of the other is the Light of the World.
In the chaos of emotionally draining relationships, it can be difficult to shine but not impossible. Sometimes, it may mean finding spiritual support in women groups, reading and following emotionally supportive blogs like this one, locating a sincere prayer partner or seeking Christian counseling, even it is only for yourself. But, by all means, remember that to avoid the reflection of the negativity in these relationships requires much prayer and personal discipline to continue to shine the love of Christ. This is impossible without the work and power of the Holy Spirit in the heart.
DO YOU WANT TO SHINE IN THE MIDST OF CHAOS OR REFLECT IT?
Jesus encourages us to: “Let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works, and glorify our Father which is in heaven.” (See Matt. 5:14–16.)
Some situations and people can be extremely resistant to the light and there seems to be a relentless effort to destroy and remain in darkness. There is an enemy of our souls, and he wants nothing more than to kill, steal and destroy everything that represents Christ.
Chapter 9 of “The End of Forever” is entitled “Delightful Detours” which discusses life’s unexpected detours and the author states “When life takes wrong turns, God has U-Turns.”
I encourage you my Virtuous Sisters to continue to shine for Christ regardless of the difficulties you may be facing today. There is a reason I called them “delightful” detours because our God is faithful, and He never wastes worry or pain. His eyes remain on the righteous to deliver them out of all their troubles (Psalm 34:15). You can count on that!!!
“When life takes wrong turns, God has U-Turns.”By Phyllis McColister
Excerpts taken from “The End of Forever” – a book written by Phyllis McColister to encourage, educate and empower divorced and separated women to find restoration and healing in Christ, realizing their intrinsic value to His Kingdom. Coming Soon!!!!
Visit again for more Christian Mental Health tips. Until then, remember your worth is far above rubies and learn to laugh without fear of the future (Proverbs 31:25).