One of our discoveries on this life journey is that we have divine gifts and talents to share. Whatever these are, they’re the light of God, expressing through us, shining as us.
Jesus taught in the “Sermon on the Mount”:
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, so it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before others in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify God . . . . (Matthew 5:14-16)
As Jesus, and all great spiritual masters teach, our light allows us to be a Presence and Expression of God in the world. If you’re ready to discover, develop, and shine the light of God you are, follow these suggestions:
- Cherish your contemplation, meditation, prayer, and reflection time. This is our opportunity to connect with God, re-charge our batteries, and take stock of what works or doesn’t work in our lives.
- Remember that we shine brightest when we manage our energy, rather than our time. The most energizing activities and work we do is often fun for us, even if the tasks involved aren’t always simple or easy.
- Consider “To-Do Lists” and “Wish Lists.” Notice your passions and what energizes you, as well as what depletes and diminishes you. If it has a “should” or heavy sense of obligation around it, it usually dims our light.
- Find one thing you can do to shine your light for others. This can be anything from attending a rally in support of a cause; delivering meals to shut-ins; driving a loved one to the market or an appointment; helping build a house; shipping books overseas so others can learn to read. Whatever you choose, do it with verve, passion, and joy.
- Support others who’re trying to find their own light, too, especially children learning new skills or retirees rediscovering former joys.
- Avoid those who attempt to block or cover your light. Bless them and release them with love, reminding yourself, if necessary, that if they don’t like your light, they can wear sunglasses.
- Know that sometimes the best we can do is witness another’s journey. We can’t make them see a light if they aren’t ready to remove their blinders.
- Have a spiritual support network which includes prayer partners, and trusted clergy, coaches, counsellors, and/or friends who encourage and nurture your continued growth and learning.
- Within your spiritual community, plug into a team or group which enlivens you and reminds all team members of their light, strength, and wisdom to serve.
- If you aren’t yet connected to a spiritual community, find one which honors diversity and affirms the Presence of God, the Divine Light, in all people.
- Overall, remember that however we’re called to be a light on the way, we faithfully and compassionately pave a way for others too.
© 2018 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks. All rights reserved.