By Omobisola Olaloye
Matthew 5: 14 -15: 14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither, do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.
I was always the girl that never liked attention but in most situations, I stood out against my own will. I can tell you now, I hated it. I found that the attention sometimes led to me becoming a target for people to attack. It may have been jealousy or whatever animosity they had toward the attention I received. I would always think, “Why can’t I be like everyone else, why am I always standing out?” It got so bad that I would intentionally keep quiet when I knew I needed to speak, sitting with my mouth itching to say my piece.
Can you hide a city that is sitting on top of a hill? Its light at night can be seen for miles. If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. It took me awhile to really understand this, but I realized that God wanted me to shine. This was a life changing realization for an introvert like myself, who cringes at the thought of the spotlight being on me. Now when I think about it, God is the light of world and aren’t we suppose to live like Christ?
In this New Year, we need to keep in mind that as Christians our destinies are supposed to shine. God designed his children to be a light to others and to show them his way. Sometimes it might make us feel uncomfortable but when we realize it’s for the glory of our Lord, then we will automatically adjust.
Some of you may ask how we hide our light. Here are a few examples:
Being quiet when we should speak out
Going along with the crowd
Denying the light that has been placed within us
Letting sin and shame dim our light
Withholding our gifts and intentionally choosing not to share it with others
Ignoring the needs of others, although we know our gifts can provide solution
2018 is the year to let your light shine in every area of your life, especially in your business. Be a beacon of truth, don’t shut your light off from the rest of the world. Find your niche where your light can shine the brightest whether it’s motivational speaking, podcasting or even business consulting! Once you let your light shine, you will see things change for the better. As you let your light shine these things you desire to see, be it new clientele, increased social media following, increased funding, will come to you easily. You will begin to feel fulfilled in your life’s purpose and enjoy the journey.
Be warned that once you begin to let your light shine and attract all these good things, you will also attract the enemy. He will begin to throw things your way to dim your light, but remember, DON’T LET HIM WIN!! Stay strong and confident and believe in the word that you are the light of world!!
This little of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!
About the Author:
Omobisola Olaloye is the CEO and Creative Director of L.A. Media, LLC, an industrially innovative company, that offers a specialized approach in event production, creative content development, and public relations. L.A. Media was birthed from the term, L'amour Afrique, love Africa). Driven by her love for Africa, Omobisola capitalizes on her experiences in both Africa and the United States to deliver worldwide brand integration and development. Connect with Omobisola on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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