I sat down and thought today about what truly makes me happy. I thought about what set my soul on fire and how I could share that with everyone I came into contact with. I also equally began to think that it’s not about what sets my soul on fire, but why? I picked up my bible and read Mathew 5:14 “You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”
It brought me to the realization that internal joy isn’t just happiness, it’s a permanent feeling of peace. Having internal sunshine brings you a certain type of calmness so even when you feel like everything around you is falling apart, you still have joy on the inside.
I also thought about the things that I want for my personal life. I thought about my mental state; what I truly wanted out of my life and I could only really think of internal emotions. Internal joy. Internal sunshine.
As a follower of Christ and still imperfect in many ways, I believe its important to understand how God speaks to you- because he can do this in many ways. I’ve come to realize that God speaks to me, personally through his word. There are a couple of things I’ve come to understand.
- We are the salt of the world – we are the seasoning, bringing the best out of people. Like salt, we are also a preservative – keeping his word true.
- We are the light of the world. The light is God-given and we, as Christians should keep our light on. I’ve noticed, that its easy to be swayed away from truth. But when you allow God to plant himself in your heart, there is nothing anyone can do or say to separate you from the love of Jesus Christ.
One light in a darkened room can make a difference. When there is light you find clarity, understanding and you dispel darkness. You cannot have darkness where there is light. “let your light so shine”. It’s okay to not “fit in” because you chose to carry the light of Jesus in you.
When you have light, you walk with confidence and assurance knowing that you have the best player on your team! As you anticipate what is ahead of you, understand who is with you now, and always.
There’s something about the love of Jesus that will make you want to do things for others without needing credibility. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Mathew 5:16.
Keeping your light on is a daily process. I believe you have to constantly pray for it and transform your mind every single day. Trust God and the process to be made better for you present, future and to be made better for your loved ones.