"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden."
When fear presses in, choose light.
When darkness creeps in, choose light.
When valleys come, walk step by step, keep moving forwards to the hill where the light cannot be hidden.
When hard days come, cling to the light, cling to hope.
When depression hits, choose light.
When disappointments linger, choose light.
When relationships fail, choose light.
When health declines, choose light.
When storms are waging, hold on tight dear one, and light a candle, choose light.
When hearts are heavy, drink deep the light of faith.
When burdens run deep, choose to trust the light that never fades.
For light covers darkness, light heals hurts, light restores and redeems, a light on a hill cannot be hidden; light, it is the rescue for our desperate souls.
The Unexpected Blessing
I first met Missy at a photography conference last year in Seattle. We both had traveled there, and happened to end up in one of the same classes. In time, we discovered that we were both ex gymnasts and now budding photographers. AND that we had both competed gymnastics at the collegiate level within the MAC conference, AND we both knew my old coach. Seriously, it was crazy! We clearly became instant friends, and I have just so treasured getting to know Missy little by little over the course of this past year. She is everything kind, compassionate and loyal. She loves her family intensely and gives of herself in radical ways. She radiates life and hope, and joy simply from chatting with her, as well as her consistent encouragement and support. She is one of those people you meet, and you can't stop thanking the Lord for His generosity in bringing a person such as Missy into your life. She truly brings light into the dark spaces.
Be the Light
I just love that Matthew 5:14 states that a town built on a hill cannot be hidden. It is such a reminder to me that first off, in life we have to work for things. This town was built, it took time to cultivate, but it also consisted of people and community. But, then, they built on a hill. I can only image the labor that was involved, transporting goods and supplies to built this town, up and down a large hill. I am sure it was timely, I am sure it was hard, I am sure there was mess involved, and I am sure there were times they wanted to give up. But, they didn't and once completed, it could not be hidden. It was a beacon of light, a treasured masterpiece to be adored. And this is the same with Christ. I sometimes feel like an uphill battle, daily choosing light, but once we experience His presence, His true light, once we remind ourselves of the truth of the gospel, the hope we have access too, well true light abounds, and it cannot be hidden. The Lord is above all, and in all and through all. He cannot be hidden, His love and light will radiate far beyond our wildest dreams or imaginations. So dream big, reach far, run higher than you thought you ever could, because I know that nothing is too big for Him or too far beyond His reach. So, if you are feeling in darkness, keep walking up that hill sister, for He will meet you at the top of that hill, and He is with you every step of the way as you climb out of the valley.
And as we discover His light, our only response can be to Be the Light. To spread hope and love to those around us, and I just LOVE that this is what my friend has decided to do with a special project within her photography. She is currently running a project called BE THE LIGHT, where she is offering a free photography session to someone in need. I think if we each did this, if we each chose ONE way that we could give of ourselves, how much more light we could have in this world? No doubt we will always have darkness too, for we all struggle with our own things, myself included, but the beauty of it is that we can wake up and remind ourselves that grace exists admits the darkness and the light is still there, the hope is still there. It never fades.
So, please check out more of what Missy is doing here:
Accept your Sphere of Influence
So, my friends, may we each remember our sphere of influence. May we hold tightly to it, and work hard within it. May we spread the light where we are able, running to Jesus on the hard days, and easy days alike as we desperately need His outpouring and love over us. May we be quick to listen, slow to speak, and negligent to judge. May we go first to apologize and may we go first weeding through the darkness in our own hearts so that light truly has a chance to burst through. For the world is waiting, the world needs more light, the world needs more truth, the world needs more people to stand firm and be the light. You are the girl for the job sister. You've got this!
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