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How bright are you shining?

Laura Leong

When you are at your lowest, God is at his strongest.

Now, I'm not saying that by any means does my life suck. On the contrary, life is going quite swimmingly. And to be honest, I don't know why. However, I say this because in certain times, this may be true and you don't even know it.

This year has been a rollercoaster of ups and downs and we're only at the end of month four. Yet, ever since April hit, I've hit a smooth spot as well. However, I still know there's something missing. There's something that could make my life EVEN BETTER.

A friend and I were talking the other day and she said, "You know, I think I just need more Jesus." I don't think she knew how spot on she was.

Of course, when life is going well, we tend to slip into this nonsense thinking that, "You know God, I got this. Thanks for all your help, but I'm good now." And I find that it is SO MUCH HARDER to keep a daily relationship with Him going. I find that my fiery passion for Him fades into a soft glow.

But you wanna know the really weird thing? I know I am still close to Him. I know that I am still living in step with Him because there is this peace that has washed over my entire soul. It has encompassed me completely and I feel safe. I feel secure. I feel like I'm laying on the nicest beach with the sunshine warming my entire body.

Friends, we were called to be witnesses on this earth. Were were made to show that God really can change a person. He makes all the difference.

Sometimes I look at my other friends who just radiate the joy that can only come from God. I look back at my tiny little flame and I wonder, how can I shine brighter? Am I even giving off a little glint of something special? About a month ago another friend pointed that out to me. And to be honest, it's one of the best compliments you can get in my opinion - to be radiating with the glow of God. It's that something special that makes others stop and wonder for a minute on why you seem...different. I don't feel especially different, but I am aware of this soft, small voice inside of me. I am aware that I make many mistakes in life. I slip up often throughout the day and I know that I can do better.

I think that it is in the times of peace that we become most susceptible to outside forces. Yet, it is also in these times that there is a peace that covers all, a sense of tranquility and all that is right. It is times like these that we become capable of shining bright.

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