“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
A NEW WAY TO SHINE
In my mind’s eye, this verse has always been service-oriented, as in, do a kind act, or be a good example, and your actions will be a blessing in the lives of others.
This scripture in Matthew 5:16 took on a whole new meaning for me, however, when I came across another translation of the verse:
“Be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God.” —Jesus (from Matthew 5:16, The Message)
Immediately, memories flooded my mind—memories of times I had shared with others specific ways in which God had helped me through difficult times in my life, and memories of how the sharing of these powerful experiences had given others the desire to turn their lives over to God, even in the midst of their own hardships.
Sometimes the best service we can give to another is to allow them to see how our brokenness is being healed by the Savior.
“But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)
A HEALING TECHNIQUE
The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride. The shards of a broken piece of pottery are mended using lacquer and then dusted in gold, silver, or platinum powder, giving the piece more value than it originally had. The object is to make the repair visible instead of disguising it. In the end, the pottery becomes more refined by its “scars”.
Nothing thrills me more than to hear someone, with tears in their eyes and humility in their heart, share how the Atonement of Jesus Christ has blessed their life in a deeply personal way.
They literally glow, as if radiating the pure love of Christ.
And no one can beat that kind of “shine”.
LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE
So “let your light shine before men.”
Be generous with your lives.
Open up to others.
And relish those moments when you witness them open up to God and, in turn, begin to glow.
In what ways have you let your light shine?
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