On Tuesdays we are thrilled to fling open the doors to all of YOU! We love hearing your dreaming stories…the lessons you’ve learned, the roads you’ve walked, the dreams He’s planted in your hearts! Today we are so excited to welcome Katie Reid to this space…she shares the important reminder that each of us has a light to shine. Thanks for being here today, Katie!
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”
This quote from the award-winning film, Chariots of Fire, stirs something deep within my soul,
“I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”
This string of words causes me to evaluate my life and ponder how I would fill-in the blanks.
“I believe God made me for a purpose but he also made me ___________. And when I __________ I feel His pleasure.”
What would you say? What would others say about you?
I have a friend who is stunningly beautiful, yet she often masks her beauty because it is intimidating to others. I challenged her to stop hiding and unleash her beauty for God’s fame. She has the potential to blaze brightly for Jesus in the modeling world. When she glows for God others are pointed to the Creator.
I have another friend who is quiet and reserved. Every once in awhile she feels led to offer timely advice. She doesn’t like to confront others—her palms get clammy and her stomach gets upset—but she does it anyway, in a prayerful and loving way. When she speaks God moves hearts to respond to the truth.
When my friends offer their God-given gifts, I see His glory. (<====Tweet this.)
We can be afraid of His glory within us and uncertain of how it will be perceived. John Eldredge addresses this in his book, Waking the Dead: The Glory of a Heart Fully Alive, “The world has been wrong about you. They’ve hated your glory—just as the Evil One hates the glory of God. But we need your gift. Come forth.”
Are you veiling what God has placed within you? Are you afraid you will be misunderstood if you present your valuable gift? Think about the three wise men. They offered their gifts to the King in an act of worship, and we still talk about it to this day. They honored Jesus by willingly giving what was in their hands.
What is in your hands? What has God placed within you?
By now you are probably tired of hearing the song, Let It Go, from the movie Frozen. But my friend, Laurie, made me love it all over again with this observation, “When Elsa climbs the mountain and begins to release all the creativity that had been locked up inside, I instantly thought of you. When you are free to create, beauty is and will be the result. So, Katie, ‘Let it go.’”
Let it go. Use the gifts that God has entrusted to you. Stop concealing them. Release them so that the world will look to the Creator. May they see His creativity and the wonders of His love, and be changed.
There is a glory that God has placed inside of you and when you set it free, it points to Him in a beautiful display.
What if the sun decided to hide behind the clouds because she was embarrassed of the intensity of her rays? What if the autumn leaves refused to change color because they feared being noticed? What if the snowflakes insisted on looking like each other because they felt lonely being different?
When you shine your light, whether it be on a hilltop or on a window sill, you bring God pleasure. (<====Tweet this.) Let’s bring forth our gifts, lay them at His feet, and see how He uses them to radiate in a dark world.
“See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples. but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”
Katie Reid is the Tightly Wound Woman. As a recovering perfectionist she fumbles to receive and extend grace in everyday moments. She delights in her hubby and four children and their life in ministry. Studying God’s Word, writing, speaking, singing/songwriting, photography and cut-to-the-chase conversations are a few of her favorite things. Katie hosts the Tightly Wound Woman Community over on her blog and inspires others to find grace in the unraveling of life as they grow closer to Jesus; the Only One who is truly in control and always perfect. You can also connect with Katie on Twitter and Facebook.
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