Verse: Matthew 5:16
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
This year has been anything but normal. Please don’t let it stop you from experiencing the joy and love Jesus has for you in this season.
If you are wondering about the photo, yes it is the current state of our Christmas Tree. It is an artificial tree. We were blessed with this tree as a wedding gift almost four years ago. Yes, more lights are broken on it this year than ever before, but it’s still standing.
Rewind to last Saturday, my husband and I spontaneously decided to search for a real tree knowing that a few of the lights on our artificial tree were broken. After searching the field and pop-up tree shops we knew it just didn’t make sense for us at that moment to buy a tree. We had an almost perfect artificial tree sitting in the basement ready to bring up to the living room.
We didn’t get a real tree, but we enjoyed our time together and set our hearts back on track to what we believe this season is all about.
So here I am writing to whoever stumbles upon this message in hope to encourage and remind you that you still have a purpose in this season. Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Jesus never said those who have it all together go share my love story to the world. Jesus can use each of us, no matter what season we are in. I am still standing. I still have good news and gifts to share with my community. Don’t allow the enemy to steal your light. Jesus says your brokenness is welcomed and he can use it for his glory.
Side note, some of you are probably saying…. you don’t understand I barely have enough energy to handle anything else that comes my way this year. Well, ladies and gentlemen, Jesus says come to me all who are weary and he will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)
Just like our Christmas Tree, you are still standing. Your light is still shining through the darkness. Your story can encourage others. God is making a way for you. He is our hope, lean in.
Author: Brie Tulowitzky