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Shine

Today while working out I was listening to music. In order to keep up the pace on the Nordic Track, I have to listen to really up beat music (some would call it edgy or hard). I am one of those people that needs an electric treadmill that makes you go fast, but since I do not have one, I have to pump loud, fast music into my ears.

When I get to the "high point" in my workout, I start listening to a song by Daughtry called, There and Back Again.




One part of that song really stood out for me today:

Shine
Here's Your Moment to Shine

Then I started to think about the scripture:

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven.
Matthew 5:16

So, yes, while pounding away on the Nordic Track, I started to pray, "God, what are you trying to tell me?"

SHINE

What does it mean?

It means living life to its fullest. God has placed me in certain roles, a certain community (and even blog!), for a reason. It means being the best Wife, Mom, Home school teacher, community member, church family memeber that I can be. Because I am called to spread His Light. He is the Hope and the Light of the world, but only so much as I believe in Him and live that in my daily life so others can see Him in me.

Today, for me, this message was about shining His light through how I take care of myself. And as I worked out, the questions kept coming: Do I eat well?, Do I give myself enough sleep?, Do I exercise to take care of this body? It is so easy as a mom to give of myself so much to my kids that I do not take care of myself. It is easy to say I am doing these things in the name of sacrifice. To say it is my vocation. But how many times does scripture say that this body of mine is a temple of the Holy Spirit?

For you have been purchased with a price;
therefore glorify God in your body.
1Cor. 6:20
Taking care of myself honors God and shines His light. My boys gain far more from that than they would if I gave up my workout and eating healthy so I could do other things that I think may benefit them.

In this world it is so easy to get discouraged. To wonder what will happen and what the future will hold for our children.

And then God speaks . . .

You are the light of the world . . .

Am I living that so that I can be part of the transforming power? So my kids can have a future full of hope?

It really starts with me. (and you :-) )

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