Let Your Light So Shine

This is a spiritual message.

Dear Friends,

None of us know what God has in store for us. I love to read biographies. My sister and I have studied many people over the years. One was Pope John Paul II. He was made a saint a few months ago. Another was Saint Francis, Saint Theresa, Steve Jobs, Oprah and our presidents. I don’t really understand saints, but I figure that I will find out one day when God will tell me.

I was intrigued by the life story Karol Jozef Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II. He was born of peasant ancestry, his father was a tailor who had been drafted into military service and made a career of it. His mother was the daughter of an upholsterer. She died when Karol was eight years old. He was raised by his father. As I read about his life; I realized that everything that ever happened to him prepared him for the role that God had in store for him. It wasn’t until he was sixty years old that he realized what that was. As a young person growing up in Poland in a time of great world conflict; it was not only his father but close friends, education, poetry and history that shaped him. Can’t we all say that? Doesn’t the life we lived in the past prepare us all for what God has planned for us?

One of the most interesting things that I read about Pope John Paul II, was a poem he memorized when he was young.  Slowacki’s “The Slavic Pope”; I don’t know if I have all the words to the poem, but I found a couple of lines. I have searched the internet trying to find the full text and I have not been successful. Four hundred years prior to John Paul II; the popes had been from Italy.

“Will not flee the sword – Like that Italian
Like God – He will bravely face the sword”

As much as we hated to memorize things in school and Sunday school; those verses and poems stay with us. Do they shape us or do they give us comfort and hope when we can’t think for ourselves? Or is there another side to this poem; was it prophetic in nature or was the poem the God Breeze for a young man. It is not for us to know.

Many years ago I learned from a dear friend, Rita Davenport, that what we think about we bring about. When we fill our heads with beautiful music and kind thoughts are we sowing seeds of love? I don’t even want to think about the reverse of these actions. I have just about quit listening to the news on the radio and television. I rely on my sweetie to tell me when I need to know something. Then I look up more information on it. This is not sticking my head in the sand. It is keeping me from being influenced by other people’s opinions. It also keeps the sadness in prospective.

There is a lot of good in the world but it never gets reported the way the bad does. On this day of renewing our spirit; let’s think about the good that is in the world and not the evil. Fill your soul with love! All the news does is create fear in all of us and we all know the source of fear.

We have an opportunity to mold ourselves and others by our actions. If I had still been living in chaos; I would never had become who God wanted me to be. The clutter and chaos would have kept me beaten down. It wasn’t until I released myself from that bondage that I found the peace I had desperately searched for my whole life. If someone else had done it for me; the result would not have been the same. This was something I had to do for myself. It was that doing that gave me the courage to help you. It also gave me to tools to help teach you what I had learned.

We all have courage inside of us. We have all suffered with years of self-loathing because we could not keep our homes, but it goes so much deeper than just our homes. Our homes are just a ploy to distract us from what our purpose is. When we use that courage to get rid of this distraction we open up ourselves to the world of good. Use this courage to help you change your way of thinking. Establish simple habits for the greater good; not just of yourself but the world around you. The peace that you create in your own home will extend to the world just as the wake from a pebble tossed into a pond expands to the
whole surface.

Now I am reminded of several verses I memorized in vacation Bible school. They are from Matthew 5: 14-16.

14) Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. 15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Do you remember singing that precious song in Sunday School; This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. We are setting the example for our children and others whether we want to or not. So what light are you showing the world? One of peace or are you hiding behind closed doors afraid for the world to see you.

I want for you what I have, peace. This peace came from letting go of my perfectionism and releasing the clutter and chaos from my life. The world is before you! Let your light shine to bless the world!

I have committed my life to helping you! Please take my hand!

FlyLady

For today please turn off the news and Facebook and spend time with yourself and your family. I have been spending a lot of time in prayer and meditation to prepare myself for what God has in store for me. When you continually give; you will continually have! Thank you for your love, support, and prayers! You help make this ministry possible. I never though of what I do as a ministry but here recently God has shown me that we are saving families. I could not do any of this without your help.

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