Life is hectic and chaotic sometimes and I just plod along and forget that others are watching me. They are watching me when things are awesome but more importantly when things are not awesome in my life. As the hectic part of this school year is pressing down on all educators, it is a great reminder for me to not let the winter blues block my bigger purpose and calling. There is a time for everything and during this time it is important for me to take a pause in my life and remember not to let everything get to me so that others see all my frustration. I need to be sure that I am not allowing this craziness to affect those close to me.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
I guess that God knew I needed a little re-adjustment in my life and He sent the above picture to me. Although a great picture, it is the words that have pricked my heart. What do others see in me? Do they see someone grumbling? complaining? exhausted? or do they see God? Right now, I am pretty sure others do not see God. So God sent this picture to remind me that my focus is not on this life but on allowing others to see him so they can find their way home into His glory one day. How do I adjust myself during this season? I seek his Word. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16.
Shining for God
Scripture reminds me to shine my light for Christ because “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. My light should lead others to Christ and then to God. So during this season of winter, I realize that more than ever I must focus on shining my light for others. The sun may not shine as bright and feel as warm, but I want my example of Christ to shine and warm others around me.
The last thing this quote reminds me is that I what I do is not for myself but to let God shine. I should not be boasting about my service for the Lord. I must remember that I serve him and everyone does not need to know because they will see Him in me. “Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2.
Closing Verse: ‘Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.’
Challenge: I pray that might light will shine and help others find their light so that the world can find Christ.