How to be a Shining Light

There are those people that seem to attract everything they want in life easily; power, wealth, success, love, and happiness all seem to be at their fingertips. Then there are those that acquire these things with great difficulty and some fail altogether to reach their ambitions, desires, and goals. Why is this? It isn’t a physical trait else everyone with perfect bodies and fantastic physical health would be the most successful. The difference, therefore, must be in the mind – it must be mental. If you think about everything you have and haven’t done, everything you wished you could do but didn’t – it would likely boil down to the mental obstacles that you have placed in your path.

I know many of you are struggling right now with your thoughts and feelings. Rightly so; a divorce is a traumatic event, and it will go after your mental faculties, and if unchecked it will take you down to new depths. Depths that will prevent you from obtaining the things you desire and the life you deserve as a child of God.

I am not talking about fame and fortune, although it could happen. I am talking about peace and joy in life that will lead to success. Not based on your checking account balance but the way you view the world. Your mind creates negative conditions just as readily as favorable ones and when we consciously or unconsciously visualize every shortfall, failure, and limitation we end up creating these conditions. I think that is why God gives us a way out from these thoughts. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” And Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” If God forgives and forgets – why can’t we?

The problems we run into is our lack of forgiveness for ourselves and the ability to see ourselves as God sees us. We should not be spending valuable time living in the past or the shadow of our shortcomings. We should be learning from our mistakes and building the character that is a shining light in this world. Shining lights don’t walk around pouting and feeling sorry for itself. Shining lights walk around with confidence making things happen to take each day as it comes in the hope of creating a better tomorrow.

So your mission for today is to ask God for forgiveness, to forgive yourself, and pay attention to the number of negative thoughts that pop into your mind. When they come push them out with positive thoughts. Start to visualize your life as you would have it to be and see yourself already living it. See how God is using you and working in your life and because of this how you interact with people. You are a shining light and have so much potential – it is time to start realizing it.