Personal Growth

Day 12: The Simple But Difficult Truth About Letting Your Light Shine

oklahoma sunset, light, beautiful sky
Oklahoma sunset

I love Double-Stuffed Oreos. I think they might be my very favorite cookie. When I buy them, it’s all over. I just can’t help myself.  And, I just can’t help but put on a few pounds, too!

There’s a simple but difficult truth happening here.

It’s simple: don’t eat the Oreos.

It’s difficult because they taste oh-so good!

The same with this 31 day journey we are on to letting our light shine.

But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done through God. John 3:21, NIV

It’s simple: if we live by the truth (obeying what God says) we come into the light.

It’s difficult because we don’t want to. We don’t know how to. We can’t do it on our own.

This verse in John says that we don’t have to do it on our own. Do you see it?

“That it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done through God.”

Woa. It’s not about me doing things. It’s not about me working hard to shine brightly or be “Christian” or put on the happy face. It’s not about me manufacturing any kind of sparkly disposition.

Instead, it’s very plain and simple. It is done through God. The shine in me happens through God in me. Radiance happens through God.

Honestly, I really don’t want the simple but difficult truth to be the thing that inhibits me from living a truly radiant life. We’ve got to do some heart work:

  1. Ask God if there is any area of your life that you are not letting Him into, maybe because you are scared of what He will ask of you or that He will take it away from you. Future? Marriage? Parenting? Schedule? Work? Neighborhood? Worry? Anger? Insecurity?
  2. Agree with Him that you are not living by His truth (obeying) in this area. Ask Him to forgive you. Accept His forgiveness.
  3. Ask Him to strengthen and help you not to do it anymore. Invite Him into this space, into this weakness, into this sin. There is power in asking.
  4. Obey. Just do it… when you don’t feel like it, when you don’t want to, when it is hard.

Choose Him. Choose the truth. Choose the light. Choose to shine!

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amy ruth, writer