Article Library of Christian Thoughts · December 15, 2018
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Reflecting the Light of Christ
Republished From http://www.joyintl.org
Letting one word grab you and guide your steps through the year is one way to stretch, grow and honor God - and maybe even reflect His Light.

(The JOY Blog Editor apologizes for posting this article late. But, as you'll read, the message is timeless.)

The first month of this new year is almost in the books. And, though the time has really flown by quickly, I can honestly say I’ve spent most of the first four weeks of it quietly, but earnestly, working to grasp all the facets of the One Word God allowed to be illuminated for me in 2015.

This is my fourth year of eschewing the practice of setting New Year’s resolutions (or, as I used to call them, New Year’s revolutions) and choosing instead to allow One Word to guide my heart, mind, body, and soul. I do still set some intentions for the year - and I’ll always believe in the practice of goal-setting - but the concept of One Word has grabbed onto me in the very best way and refuses to let go.

This year’s One Word isn’t the word I thought it’d be. And, quite frankly, it challenges - and even scares - me some.

As far as I can tell, it is a word that God wants to use to stretch and grow me in ways that will allow me to rely on all I learned from my previous One Words. Amazing how He works like that so often, isn’t it? Letting nothing go to waste. Using each and every stitch of our lives to weave His love and care and presence into them for His purposes and glory.

When I think of 2015’s One Word, I have that ‘clicking-slowly-to-the-top-of-a-scary-but-exciting-roller-coaster’ feeling in my gut. That ‘pterodactyl-sized-butterfly’ thing going on whenever I sit with all this One Word means. And I’m so relieved God’s not going to leave me alone as I pull apart, and put together, all He has in store in light of it.

You see, my One Word is SHINE.

For a gal who’s gotten mostly used to, and comfortable with, hiding in various ways these last many years, the thought of having to step forth and SHINE is sort of disconcerting.

And when I find myself getting too worked up by all the trepidation that thought causes, I’m so grateful that I’ve realized that to SHINE as a Jesus follower is really just allowing myself to reflect His Light.

No manufacturing my own brilliance.

No flipping the ‘On’ switch to beam some bright, artificial spotlight on my attempts at cleverness.

No igniting the false light that brings the world to ‘ooo’s’ and ‘ahhhh’s’.

Just reflecting the Light of the One who created it in the first place.

That’s the kind of shining I think I can do.

"You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."
(Matthew 5:14-16, The Message)
 
Do you try to shine in your own energies, or are you allowing yourself to just reflect the light of Jesus?
 
 
Laura Moss is beyond grateful to be able to say she has survived being Mom to 4 spirited girls, a battle with aggressive breast cancer, and some difficult seasons in her almost-25-year marriage. She calls herself a Creative, is drawn to beauty in all its forms, and loves loving on people. You can find more of her musings at gratefulamazement.wordpress.com. Read more posts by Laura.
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