I woke up this morning with a desire to shine; to allow God's goodness to permeate every part of my life. I want to be translucent enough to let God's light shine through me. This word translucent really struck me because I often hear about transparency but never translucency.
Transparency is being totally see through, bearing it all, letting others see through you. I do believe that this is both good and bad. Good because we do need to allow others to see the real us. The things that are good, honest and true while also allowing them to see the shortcomings, faults and defects. However, this can be bad, because people will use this against you. Because they know the good and bad, they can highlight whichever they choose.
Translucency, holds back just a little, it only allows so much to be seen at a distance or time. Translucent items allow light through but filters as well. This too can be good and bad. Good because the Light of the Lord is still shining through. You can draw people to Him by letting His light pass through but it can be bad because you are guarded. A person will have to be up close and personal to even be able to clearly see through. The good thing about being translucent is that you are clear enough to let the "LIGHT" pass through and you can be free from falseness and disguise. YOU CAN BE THE TRUE YOU.
In Matthew 5:16, we are encouraged to "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." We are not to hid our lights nor are we to be ashamed of the light that is within us. We are to give our lights to others and also help others to shine.
My encouragement to every one reading this post is to "SHINE". Don't hide your light, always glorify the Lord and be as "transparent", "translucent" or "see through" as you can. Help others to "SHINE" and also encourage them to be everything that God has for them to be.
I look forward to hearing your testimonies of the "Light" that is within you and how you have helped others as well. This is going to be a great year of LIGHTING up this world with God's goodness, glory and power.
Keep Walking in Faith,
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