Encouragement: Show Up and Shine

Show up and shine even if you have problems

The following are three lessons I learnt this week from our street light which is still shining yet it is leaning at an angle of 30 degrees to the ground. 

It is about to fall because rust has corroded it's base on one side and gravity is weighing it down on the other side but it taught me that:

You must continue doing what God has called you to do or fulfilling your life's purpose regardless of what is trying to weigh you down or consume you. 

Therefore, persist in fulfilling your purpose regardless of the problems that are working against you by believing that All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28) 
All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes. (Romans 8:28)


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The second lesson I learnt was that 

You must show up and shine.

Our street light is still shining as brightly as it can from its unfortunate position. Therefore do your best and do not use your uncomfortable circumstances as an excuse for doing a mediocre job for God. 

Do not also put your life on hold because of your circumstances. Show up every single day and shine as brightly as you can regardless of the problems or people trying to bring you down or the doubts and fears gnawing at you.

Therefore, Let your light shine before people so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
Let your light shine before people so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)


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The third lesson I learnt was that

Your problems may "enhance" you.

The problems that our street light is dealing with have enhanced its effects on the street because now that it lights our street from a different angle, the street and shadows looks ethereally different. 

Therefore, do not stop fulfilling your life's purpose because of your problems. Work through the problems because you cannot tell how they enhance your giftings for instance, by making you more creative.

In addition, I had also never noticed this street light before it begun to have these problems with rust and gravity. It's problems have made it "different" and this difference is what has made me notice it.

So continue fulfilling your purpose even when times are tough for the tough times may refine you just as charcoal is refined into a diamond by heat and pressure.

If you do not know your life's purpose, understand that it involves using your God given gifts and talents to help others or fulfill a need in their lives. 


How to fulfill your life's purpose


Therefore, do not let problems or people deceive you that your life has no purpose. It has a purpose because We are all God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10) 
I am God's masterpiece created in Christ to do good works which God prepared for me (Ephesians 2:10)

       


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