Shine Your Light Forth
You probably don’t feel like you have much light to shine right now. But like Anne Lamott writes, “we’re wired as humans to be open to the world…” Our natural state is to have the courage to open up again, even though it’s scary. Even though we feel vulnerable. Even though we feel like our light is dim.
When we are able to open up again and be generous, it gives hope to others who have their own quiet burdens to bear. Being open and having a magnanimous, noble heart is not being a doormat. Its not allowing others to run over us. It is showing an incredible strength of character to grab the good instead of focusing on the bad.
Have the courage to hibernate. Do whatever it is you want to do. Set a date on your calendar and give yourself permission to do whatever you want. It will be good for you and for those you love.
And when you’re done, be open to life, don’t let the behavior of someone else determine your future.
“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. … 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)