Wednesday, July 31, 2013

You Are Light

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.Matthew 5:14-16

Dear friend,

You know how when you look up at the sun, you can’t stare directly at it because it’s so bright? We carry that kind of light within us. We just choose to cover it up most of the time, or have actually listened to a world that’s told us otherwise. But I’m telling you now: you carry that kind of light within you. One so beautiful it makes others squint, peering at you through clasped hands or shaded eyes. One so bright it illuminates the surrounding darkness, gives hope with its very being. One so radiant is warms all it touches, helps the world around it grow.

Keep following the light. Keep searching for it. Keep believing in it. It starts with you peering down and realizing the majesty of whom and what you are. It starts with remembering you are the daughter or son of royalty. It starts with noticing every freckle, every vein, every wrinkle, every hair is a divine signature. It starts with believing that you are made for glory.  

"Jesus says ‘You are the light of the world.’ I like even more what Jesus doesn’t say. He does not say ‘One day, if you are more perfect and try really hard, you’ll be light. He doesn’t say, ‘If you play by the rules, cross your T’s and dot your I’s, then maybe you’ll become light.’ No. He says, straight out, ‘You are light.” It is the truth of who you are, waiting only for you to discover it"
 -Greg Boyle, SJ, Tattoos on the Heart  

You are light.  Dust yourself off or get a new bulb. Break through the rain and the clouds. Remember who you are and shine on.