Not all of us can do great things.
But we can do small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa
During a trying time around nine years ago, my light lost its shine. I was in the abyss of homeschooling three wild boys and trying to keep one indescribable toddler alive (no joke). The world has yet to see another child like him.
Anyway! I knew my light was sorta shining in my home and that it would prayerfully pay dividends in the lives of my sons someday (particularly the one who would be alive to tell). Yet, I became compelled to shine that light to the “outside” world in some small way. With limited time and energy, my first priority was the fam. But in reflecting on my circumstances, I realized I had let the shine go out of my light because of self-imposed limitations and the oh so familiar companion named Discouragement.
So, what did I do with this compulsion? Did I start a street ministry feeding fifty homeless people a day? No. Did I sign a recording contract and tour the land singing for the masses? No. Did I pray that God would lead me and show me how to get my shine on? Yes.
And He did.
The Lord opened my eyes to neighbors needing a touch of encouragement via prayers, words or notes. There were families on my boys’ teams needing a listening ear. I met strangers needing a meal or a momentary friend. Such small, simple acts, laced with intentionality.
Guess what? The shine in my light returned.
It began with a prayer. It began with the baby step of sharing my heart with God; He gave me eyes to see and ears to hear. God gave me the heart to see needs in the world beyond my home and the wild ones living in it.
We are sometimes limited by our situation: health issues, young children, caring for aged parents, fears and yes laziness.
Sometimes we don’t know where to begin. We see so much darkness and need. We feel overwhelmed. We become complacent or even jaded.
Theresa didn’t begin as “Mother Teresa” did she? She was a simple, willing woman, wanting to do a small part to shine her light for God.
No matter your circumstance, age or limitation, you have a light to shine in this world, my friend.
There’s a child who is desperate for a kind word, a charity that needs a few hours a month, a neighbor needing a prayer and a world in need of your light.
Now dust off that light dear friend, and let God shine.
PS. In the process of shining my light “outside”, the wild ones on the inside learned how to shine their little lights too. And we all lived to tell… so far.
Sometimes I wonder if my light is shining anywhere. Thanks for the encouragement and it’s time to dust it off and shine.
Kristin Saatzer says
Let me know how it goes! Praying for you Kari.