Lighting The Way One Bulb At A Time

Lighting The Way One Bulb At A Time

How do you light up each day?

Imagine the world at night covered in lights. Strings of lights dangling from hooks on every heart. Now imagine a normal day in New York City, the bustling of the subways and taxis. Imagine all the lines being crossed and attached to each other. I want you to see all of these strings getting stuck on each other and intertwining. I want you to think about all of the burned out lights needing to be changed and replaced. If you're anything like me, I think that every light needs to be saved.

I could never throw away a poor light bulb, no matter how tiny the light it emits. As we grow older, our number of light bulbs increase. Every light bulb is a new day, with the power and the light to change a life. The light bulbs are like the balls from the emotions movie. We are not just white lights meant to sit and look pretty. We are multi-color light bulbs, each color meaning something different. Each day of our life, the events we go through and emotions that come with each even change the color of the bulb.

We are plugged in the day we are born and unplugged the day we die. Although our light may disappear and fade into the background, our light will never be gone. Our light is in our spirit. You attract people to your light like the bugs to a blue light zapper. I don't know if you've ever heard the saying, " flowers are pretty and so are Christmas lights and they look nothing alike." We are those flowers and Christmas lights. We all look different and yet we are all the most beautiful creatures on earth.

The light we emit is so beautiful and so strong that it is impossible for anyone to try and stay away. When two lights combine, the light emitted is even brighter. The colors made when those two lights combine show the creation of a new life, a new story, and a new purpose. A new strand is made when a major change comes in our life and everything we know is altered beyond recognition.

We are bulbs, not plastic replaceable bulbs, but delicate glass bulbs that are irreplaceable. Every light has a purpose, every light and every day is needed. If one bulb before goes out or turns black, then the other strands and bulbs struggle to turn on. I want you to think about how beautiful a light is. I want you to think about the feeling you get when you sit in the dark with only Christmas lights on, that safe and loving feeling. That is you as a light. When people see you, they get that feeling and they recognize just how beautiful you are. You were made beautiful.

What makes the light beautiful is the amount that is shining through. Whether you want to admit it or not, you have some dead bulbs in your strand. I do, I have so many, I'm surprised the strand still works. It is impossible to not have any dead bulbs, they are part of what is beautiful about you. It's okay to not always shine the brightest in the room. No one wants to be constantly blinded, it's exhausting and bad for your eyes. Don't be afraid to turn on your strand, someday someone will see yours as the brightest.

While this analogy may be far off, imagining that we are strands of lights and not humans, is so true. I think that it's important to know that you shine in all darkness and light. You shine within your own darkness and you make way for others in theirs. You don't have to always be on full blast, you can dim your lights as much as you want depending on how you feel. Remember to shine bright not like a diamond, but like a light. Be the light that guides the way.

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

You go, girl.

We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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Calling People Hateful Is Not A Productive Dialogue

Universities have become a breeding ground for intolerance.


The political climate is rough. I don't enjoy commenting on it because of how controversial it has become. Every once in a while, however, I come across something that rubs me the wrong way.

As I was walking through campus the other day, chalked on the side of a cement wall was a phrase claiming the College Republican club on campus was a hate group. I don't know anything about the person who wrote this statement or anything about the College Republican group on campus, but I do know one thing: this statement is false.

Universities have become a breeding ground for intolerance.

Just because someone has a different opinion from you doesn't mean they are hateful. There is room for disagreement.

A psychology professor of mine once said something that impacted my perspective toward both political parties: "Both sides think they're right, but both sides can't be right." Both sides make decisions based on what they think is right. A person's opinion is not "wrong" if it differs from yours. It's just different.

It's important to recognize that people won't always agree with you, and that's okay. That doesn't give you the right to call them mean or hateful. It allows an entrance into discussion. Besides, if you want to persuade someone that your belief is more accurate, name calling won't get you anywhere. It will only cause the other person to view you as inconsiderate and unwilling to understand.

How can you convince someone to believe you when you won't listen to their perspective? How can you expect people to listen to you when you won't do the same in return? Not only is it important to recognize a person's beliefs, it's important to understand why they believe what they do.

In order for people to engage in productive dialogue, both sides need to listen to each other and respect each other. Tossing labels around progresses nowhere and doesn't benefit anyone.

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