Now that summertime is here in full swing, I delight in how increasingly tanner my arms and legs seem to appear week after week. Despite my deepening farmer’s tan, I can’t help but feel better about myself when I’ve got a summer glow.
As my wise mom always says, fat always looks better with a tan.
Amen to that, mom. Thighs, even jiggly ones, seem all the more lovely with a little bronze.
Maybe I’m just vain, but I really do feel more confident and better about myself when my skin is a little less pasty and a little more sun-kissed.
But how ironic is it that we can all sport our summer tans, bronzed and glowing from the boosted UV rays outside our doors, without having hearts that are just as radiant and glowing.
I don’t know about you, but I want to be the kind of Christian that radiates light in this world. And what good is that sun tan if what’s on the inside is coated in spirit-darkening despair.
In case you haven’t noticed, there’s already a little too much darkness and despair in the world around us, and I’d like to contribute to it as little as possible.
Luckily, I have a source of light that never runs out of batteries, never disappears behind the clouds, and never needs recharging.
Christ is our Light, and we have been designed to reflect His glory and to keep our faces toward the Light.
So today, let's look at ways we can be part of that Light, letting it fill our lives and spill over into the world around us.
All throughout my pregnancy, I constantly had people telling me that I was just absolutely glowing.
I chocked it up to the constantly warm state I was in (thanks hormones), interpreting my glow for, in fact, a little glistening. Note: In the South, ladies do not sweat, rather they glisten. I am a lady, therefore I glisten.
Even now into motherhood, people remark that I am just glowing and how suited for motherhood I am.
And in some ways, they are absolutely right. Some days I feel like I’ve got it all figured out- my kid eats well, sleeps through the night, puts himself to sleep for naps, socializes with anyone he interacts with.
And then, my Father so lovingly yet sternly reminds me that I do all I do as a mother because of the wisdom, patience, and strength He provides me with.
As a mom, there are plenty of dark moments and days, ones that make me question myself in this new role.
But that’s the life we have been sentenced, huh?
And so, we have the choice every day when we step out of bed- will we contribute to the already darkening gloom of this world? Or will we embody His love and radiate His light?
Today, friends, let’s go for the light.
As 2 Corinthians 3:18 reminds us, “Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.”
How do we do that? First off, like any flashlight or lamp, we need to connect to our power source constantly; so if you aren’t spending time daily with your Savior, that’s where I’d start. By doing so, by taking time to bask in His light and His presence, He can further strengthen us to shine all the brighter.
So what does this look like? How do we recharge our spiritual batteries? I honestly do not think there is a one size fits all way of doing this. For me, spending time in nature (even just a walk in my neighborhood), listening to the Indie Worship spotify station, working in my prayer journal, and reading through a devotional like Jesus Always are ways I recharge throughout my day.
And once I’ve done that, I am better equipped to radiate light and love through my daily life.
My life, the actions and words I share daily, are to reflect His joy to the world. Like Christ says in Matthew 5:16, “Here’s another way to put it: 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."
How simple but beautiful are our Savior’s words. When we open up, when we spread love to others, we show them the face of our loving God, prompting them to seek Him more and more.
And it’s not just our actions, but our words are all powerful, too. The entire book of Proverbs emphasizes the importance of our words- both the good ones and ones we wish we could take back. Chapter 12:25 states, “Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up.”
Yes, we need to be sure the kind words we put into this world are directed at others and ourselves. We cannot expect to shine out to our full, radiant potential if we’re constantly criticizing our flabby stomach, lackluster hair, or whatever it is that you like to pick at yourself about. For me, I get caught up in my complexion, squishy parts of my stomach, and jiggly parts of my thighs.
But before I let myself go down that rabbit hole like I’ve discussed with y’all before, I remember all that my body has accomplished and the role that those fluffy parts represent: I carried, delivered, and am raising a life God has blessed me with. Kinda a big deal.
So today, this week, and as the summer sun continues to beat down upon us and continue to deepen our tans, be reminded that we are called to glow with His light, shining brighter and brighter with each passing day.
You are radiant. You are glowing. You are beautiful. Now go forth and share it.
Today’s Challenge: Do you need to spend some time recharging this week? Are you feeling like your battery is nearly dead? Or do you feel ready to burst forth and take on this week and spread a whole bunch of love to your family, your friends, your collegues, and the strangers you encounter throughout your week? Personally, I’m in the latter category, and I’m looking forward to seeing how God will use me this week.
Remember, if you feel like you need someone to talk to or pray with, I’m always here for y’all. Just shoot me an email at email@example.com and we can chat.
Today’s Prayer: Sweet Savior, thank you so much for Your glorious Light, for overcoming the darkness so I may join You in the Light. Thank You that You are a Savior that is everywhere at every time, and Your power is unending. Open my heart today so I may fully soak up and absorb Your Love-Light. Then, direct my path today and this week to shine Your Light into the places in which I spend my day to day actions. Train my heart to be constantly seeking You, train my actions to be joy-spreading, and train my words to be uplifting to others and myself. I am Yours, and You are Mine.
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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