Let Our Light Shine

In March, Pastor Dave used Psalm 46 as the basis for one of his sermons. His lesson spoke of having courage to face our fears and, when we are lacking in courage, we can turn to God as our refuge and our strength. Psalm 46 opens with “God is our refuge and strength”.

This sermon prompted me to think about all of the ways we are touched/impacted by others when they face their fears and share themselves with us. For example, Adele has performance anxiety, yet she still chooses to sing and share her gift with the world. Every time I hear her voice I think “What if she never sang? What if she let fear of rejection keep her from sharing her incredible talent with the world? What a waste that would be.”  

Throughout the Bible, there are references to sharing our gifts with others which seems to imply that we all have gifts. They may not be singing, but there is something that God planted in each of us to share with others. Very often those gifts require us to dig deep and open ourselves up to criticism and potential rejection. To be vulnerable can be very scary. However, I think that every genuinely special moment I have experienced has always included an element of vulnerability.

It seems counter intuitive that the thing that makes us so uncomfortable (being vulnerable) may be the place where we can add the most value. In Matthew chapter 5 verses 14-15 it states: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” 

For moments when we would prefer comfort to vulnerability, courage can be found in Psalm 46:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”

Prayer: Lord, through your strength and guidance, may we find the courage to share our gifts. May we be still and may our eyes be open to opportunities to let our light shine. Amen

Kelley Evans

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