How to Shine in Darkness

My children enjoy science, however their teacher doesn’t always enjoy teaching it.

Can you relate?

Today we learned about camouflage and how God created many animals to blend in with their surroundings as a means of protection.

As the children marveled of how God has thought of everything and how He not only cares for us but also cares for all living things, I completely lost it!

In a good way… this time any ways.

Quickly, I run to grab my bible in search of the scripture where we, (Christ Followers) are admonished not to conform to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.

The kids were pretty excited, especially since it’s the fastest they’ve seen me move all day. They’re waiting with anticipation as I stand before them like a child excitedly opening a bag of brightly colored skittles!

Each one of them read the verse out loud:

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God change you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 2:12 NLT

Do you see the contrast?

Unlike animals, we were created in the image of God. Though there are some animals created to blend in, you and I were not. We were created to shine!

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. Philippians 2:14-16 NIV

See how perfect God is, He created a moment to teach my children and be a reminder to me of how we are to live in this world.

I don’t know about you but I often need reminders of how I am to navigate living in darkness while being a light.

1. In order for us to confidently shine, we must first know that we were created to do so.
2.  We only arrive to this truth by reading our Bible
3.  As we read God’s word, we must set our hearts to apply what we read.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for creating us in your image. Thank you for creating us to shine and to be lights in this dark world. Help us to be who you have created us to be. Help us to open your word and learn your truth, that we may apply it to our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.

💜 Chrystal

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2 comments

  1. Wow, another powerful observation! Chrystal, this is so ironic as I sit here and ponder my instructions for my class assignment, “Should African-American Literature be considered a sub-genre of American Literature?” In other words, should it blend in with American Literature or is it ok for it to be classified in a category of its own?

    To be perfectly honest, I find arguments to support both positions and your post (for me) further validates my point. My position will be one that conveys what I feel that God (the Bible) conveys……..We are all EQUALLY important but UNIQUELY designed, and therefore – it’s perfectly ok to shine!

    As always, thank you for sharing such thought provoking “literature!” I look forward to your next post!

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    • It is perfectly ok to shine! Just as you’ve stated, “we are equally important but uniquely designed.” I believe it’s important for us to be able to express our uniqueness and believe it liberates others to do the same. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. I’d love to read your assignment when your done. 😊

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