May we shine a little brighter every single day and help all those in need. May we never forget where we came from and why we are here on this Earth. We often look inward instead of outward, focusing on ourselves instead of focusing on others around us. I have failed this way more and more recently as the years have gone by. I want to be go back to when I cared for others more than I cared about myself, back when I placed it ALL in God’s hands and if he failed at providing, I would be in major trouble. I want to be a radiant Christian whose light shines into the darkness of the world and of life and lights it up like a blazing fire, so that the world may see the good and know that God is still on the move.
You are loved, there is hope and there is a light inside all of us…..please let it shine forth….
Honestly, I’m struggling financially right now. I’m opening with that because I have a ministry fund and I was told I should use that money to pay off bills. Most people would think that was an awesome idea I’m guessing since I’m living paycheck to paycheck. But in reality, if you look at the bigger picture, if I used that money, I’d be in the same hole just deeper down because that money would all disappear fast as well. A co-worker explained it to me like this: When you’re on a plane and there’s an emergency, the oxygen masks come down and what do they tell you to do? They tell you to take care of yourself first and then help any children around you. Honestly, that just shows how bad we are these days. If there’s a six year old child beside me in an airplane and those masks come down, I’d rather save his life rather than my own. I’ve lived a decent life already, he still has his whole life ahead of him. Let’s say you’re a 90 year old grandma and those a 6 year old sitting next to you, to put it on yourself first is just foolish for the same reason as I pointed out above, you’ve lived a long life, if one of you is going to survive and the other isn’t, I’d rather the 6 year old survive. It’s time we start looking at the big picture and not just worrying about the small things in life, but the big impact we can have on this world. So, I challenge you to look at your life and switch to a bigger picture mode instead of a small picture mode. God bless and shine bright.
“Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” (Philippians 2:14-15 NLT)
> Study Notes
– Why’s complaining and arguing so harmful? If all that people know about a church is that its members constantly argue, complain, and gossip, they get a false impression of Christ and the Good News. Belief in Christ should unite those who trust him. *good reminder!
– Lives should be characterized by moral purity, patience, and peacefulness, so that we’ll “shine brightly” in a dark and depraved world. A transformed life is an effective witness to the power of God’s word. **
QUESTION TO PONDER: Are you shining brightly, or are you clouded by complaining and arguing?
<< This is probably one of the greatest devotions I’ve had in a long time! I got the verse off of my brothers wall, they use it to teach their kids and as soon as I saw it, I took out my bible, journal and wrote it down. How many times do we, as Christians, find ourselves arguing and/or complaining? I do it every single day. I do it especially at work, where I need to be the best example of a Christian, and yet I fail every time. I complain because I feel like I’m being burned out by the amount of work they give me, but the flipside is I do more work and work harder and faster to glorify God haha, so I don’t feel like it’s ok for me to slow down. I argue with the things that I feel are common sense, but others don’t see it the way I do. I am around it all the time. This verse though teaches me that I need to rise above the world, rise above what everyone else may be doing and be a shining example to those around me of who God is. It’s a horrible challenge, but it’s one that I hope I can win over time. Will you join me? >>