Sometimes the darkness in this world can be overwhelming.
I don’t even watch the news much anymore because I rarely find anything encouraging. Maybe that is hiding my head in the sand a bit…or maybe it is protecting my heart.
I easily gravitate towards the negative.
It isn’t something that I like about myself, but it is a part of who I am.
I have to fight it. To not get caught up in the “drama” and go down that dark path.
Recently I, and many of my dreamer sisters, were told “no” to an opportunity that seemed like such an amazing God-sized dream.
I will be honest with you and tell you that I really thought this time might be “it”. My spirit was crushed a little when the “no” came….the lies that I wasn’t good enough started creeping in again.
And I felt without words.
Have you ever been there? Chasing after what you thought was your God-sized dream only to discover it wasn’t in the cards for you. At least not now, not this time.
So I had to ask myself if this one thing was going to define me?
As writers, dreamers, want-to-be-speakers….we are bound to hear “no” from time to time. In fact we may actually hear “no” more than we hear “yes”!
But that doesn’t mean that our words aren’t important!
In fact it is the very reason that we must keep moving forward, keep offering hope to others!
As followers of Christ we are called to be a Light here.
Matthew 5: 14-16: 14 And you, beloved, are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. 15 Similarly it would be silly to light a lamp and then hide it under a bowl. When someone lights a lamp, she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair, and the light illumines the entire house. 16 You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.
I love these verses in Matthew. Such a reminder that I need to be letting my light shine everywhere I go.
So that men and women everywhere may see creation at its fullest, may see my devotion to God and turn and praise God because of it.
We are called to be a light, ultimately, so that God can receive praise and glory!
This world isn’t about me (I know big shocker right?!) 😉
I am here to be a light in the darkness. (<==== Click to Tweet)
I can use this space for my glory…or for His.
I hope that I am always choosing the latter. That the words that spill on to these pages are ones of hope and encouragement and ultimately point you to Jesus.
So while the “no” stings, it doesn’t need to define me. My life has been a series of “no’s” that have eventually opened doors to some amazing “yes” opportunities!
I am called to be a light here, in all seasons. The good and the difficult because none of this life would be possible without Him.
I can’t ever forget that!
It is always an honor to link up with my fellow God-sized Dreamers. Want to join in on the fun? Jump over here to read more!
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