Let Your Light Shine

​Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:17

What do people see when you’re in the store? What do they see when you’re at work? What does your family see at home?
I was in a retail store not too long ago, and I was there for a long time. As a matter of fact I believe I was there for about 2.5 hours. The representative assisting me was very pleasant and patient, and so was I. One thing I did notice was one store manager checking on me while I was waiting so patiently, and making sure all was well. I would tease a little about having donuts and coffee, but I assured the manager all was well with me. 

There were a few glitches with the process going through, but yet in still I waited patiently without any concerns because the sales rep and I understood we had all day. Towards the end of the process, the main store manager approached me and stated how he recognized I had been there for a while and wanted to make sure I was okay. I teased a little more about coffee and donuts, but I had to let the manager know that I had a very pleasant experience in his store. The manager went on to inform me that I can contact him anytime for anything, and we talked a little more and laughed.

See, your light has to shine no matter where you are. Is it shining with patience? Is it shining with compassion? How are men and women seeing your light in public?

Our light shining is not how well we preach, or how big our Bible is; it’s not even how well we wear clergy attire, but our light is how we handle and conduct ourselves in this world. So I encourage you to “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Be Blessed ✌

Slow Down

driving-fastIn the world we live in today, we are always in a hurry. We have instant food in the microwave. We drive through and pick up meals which are already prepared. We pay for express lanes on the freeway so we can travel faster to our destination. We have on demand television at the push of a button. We upgrade our internet service so we can surf faster than we did last week. The list goes on and on concerning our need for speed.

I can recall making many trips from North Louisiana to Jacksonville Florida. The trip is supposed to be a twelve hour trip, but for some reason I was doing it in 10.5 hours. Now needless to say I was getting to my halfway point in about 4 to 5 hours including the stops for gas, bathroom, and food. I really thought I was doing something in record breaking time on this journey. What I did not realize during my pursuit for the need of speed, is that I was missing out on the beautiful wonders of God.

When I got married, we decided to take a family trip to Florida. Well, I am still accustomed to breaking the sound barrier when I go somewhere,slow-down-and-enjoy-the-moment but this time it was different. I wasn’t doing the driving, my husband was. He is a man that likes to take his time and enjoy the scenery. Of course you know this really worked my patience and everything else on this trip. He did not drive any faster, neither did he pay me any attention. It took about 15 or so hours for a trip that takes me 10.5 hours. I really thought something was wrong with him, and I would complain about his driving, but after a few family trips to Florida, I began to realize I had missed out on a lot of things by driving so fast.

There is beautiful country in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, that I was missing out on because I was in such a big hurry. As people we are the exact same way. When we begin to rush relationships, life, enjoyment, and many other things, we begin to miss out on the beauty it would bring us if we would just learn how to slow down.

rushing-through-lifeJames 1:4 says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” In order to be perfect, we must learn how to mature, and maturity comes with time and experience. The word entire means “with no part left out.” When we rush there is always something we fail to get, or to grab along the way. Think about it…when you are rushing off to work you leave that hot cup of coffee on the table which is designed to stimulate your thinking process. You have a meeting you are rushing to, but you forget your spreadsheet which lists all of your important details of this quarters report. Or, better yet, because you are in a rush you forget to pick up that anniversary/birthday gift for your spouse or loved one. The word wanting means “lacking in a certain required or necessary quality.” This is where many of our lives and relationships fall apart because we begin to lack quality time for fear of slowing down. Marriages and families are destroyed because we do not slow down long enough to develop the love, nurture, social skills, and quality time which comes with relaxing.

Some of my best meals are prepared in a slow cooker. In the slow cooker the meat is tender, and seasoned thoroughly. When it is cooked thisslow-cooker-mb way, the whole family has pleasure in feasting on its’ savory taste. The aroma of it flows through the home giving all a desire to partake. When chicken is fried too fast, it looks done on the outside, but the inside is raw, and there is no true taste in it to give anyone pleasure. People who are always in a rush are very distasteful to be around because their lack of patience is annoying. But, those who know how to slow down and smell the roses are like a well prepared meal in a slow cooker.

It wasn’t until I got older when I realized I wasted a lot of time in life rushing. I rushed to get out of the house when I was a teenager. I rushed to graduate high school. I rushed to finish the military. I attempted to rush my career. I rushed a previous marriage that did not last. Rushing only leads to disappointment, and disaster. So, slow down, disconnect from everything, and allow life to slowly cook in you the ingredients you need to be a blessing in the lives of others. The greatest home is built on a foundation that was given time to solidify.

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Isn’t it amazing how we as a people can make a decision that we did not consult the Lord about (knowing He didn’t tell us to do it our flesh did), but then when things go sour we say, “I’m waiting on the Lord to tell me to leave…” The same person that got you in that situation is the same one that will get you out of it……YOU!!!!!

This is why it is so important to keep our minds sober at all times. We become intoxicated in our thinking when we indulge too much in our own thought process, and when we get like this we can never make sound decisions. The Lord has blessed us with the capabilities to make sound decisions but those sound decisions must line up with His Word. This is why Proverbs 16:3 says Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.

No matter what we may want to do in life, commit it unto the Lord so that when He gives us an answer concerning the works of life, we can be established in His perfect peace because our minds were fixed on him, and we will be established in His peace because we have committed all of our ways unto Him.

Be blessed, and before you decide, talk with the Lord, and if He doesn’t speak right away, then He is teaching you how to be still and know that He is God.

“A person who cannot forgive has forgotten the great debt for which they were forgiven. When we realize that Jesus delivered us from eternal debt and torment, we will release others unconditionally. If we have a hard time forgiving, think of the reality of hell and the love of God that saved us from it.”

Softly Spoken

I am reminded of the story of the Prophet Elijah when he ran into a cave after being threatened by Jezebel that he had an experience with the Lord. While in the cave the Lord told Elijah to go and stand before him upon the mount. While upon the mount a wind came through and tore up part of the mountain, then an earthquake,  and after the earthquake a fire. Now I am sure that these things caused a great deal of noise, and these were patterns that the Lord had moved in before, but the scripture said that through all of this noise the Lord was not in any of it. It doesn’t matter the noise that we hear, in and around us, we have to be able to hear that still small voice. It is that still small voice of God that we have to be able to hear in order for us to remain calm during the noise.
Don’t get caught up with the way the Lord moved before in your life; neither let the noise of life distract you, but be still and know the Lord when He speaks through that still small voice. 1 Kings19:11-12