“Let your light shine.”

I have heard this phrase ALL my life, especially in my favorite children’s song. Yet it’s meaning has expanded for me.

Sometimes in certain circumstances, I spend the entire time feeling less than, uncomfortable in my skin, ugly, unworthy, etc. I do my best to fight against those lies with God’s grace, but I can’t always shake the feeling.

Today, for me, “let your light shine bright”, means be who God made you to be with no holding back.

Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.’

It struck me that Matthew uses the pronoun “you” and “your”, not “us” or “our”, or even “his” or “he”. The light we have,  comes from Christ and putting our faith in Him. However, we each are uniquely made to shine that light. It is when we let ourselves, our gifts, our personality shine the brightest that we see God glorified.

For me, that is motivating. If I remain insecure and hesitant, not fully seeing the beauty in who God made me to be,  I will be putting my light “under a bowl”. If I choose to confidently be me, then others will see my good deeds and I will glorify God.

So go forth, and let your light shine bright.