Is your light shining brightly or dimly flickering?

My 11 year old daughter Trinity is a bona fide rebel.  She defies all convention when it comes to what a girl should or should not do or be.  She is a skilled martial artist, skateboarder and the only girl on her baseball team.  I distinctly remember my jaw hitting the ground the first time she told me that she was planning to be a Marine when she grows up.  Trinity also has a huge heart for Jesus, is an absolute prayer warrior, and I believe she will go on to do great things for His kingdom as He calls her.

What I admire most about her is her ability to simply not care about what other people think she “should” be.  What you see is what you get and what you get is a fearfully and wonderfully made bundle of aliveness and pure authenticity.

What if we all resolved to show up as who we truly are rather than who others expect us to be?

Think about the many roles you play each day – does your authenticity shine no matter where and with whom you find yourself throughout the course of your day?  If you answered this question with a “no” or “not really”, ask yourself what is stopping you from letting your light shine.  The Bible tells us that we are to be the light of the world: “No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.  Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” (Matthew 5:15).

We have been taught not to brag, not to toot our own horn and talk about ourselves – I believe this is in part to blame for why so many of us feel ashamed of sharing our true gifts with the world.  We are afraid that we will be laughed at, ridiculed or rejected.  I also believe that those who would keep us from shining our lights at “maximum wattage” are secretly afraid that our light might shine brighter than their own.

I want to encourage you today to take a risk and share your highest gifts with the rest of us and help us invite others to do the same.  When you withhold your authentic self and what God meant to be shared, you not only hurt yourself by not living the abundant life God intended you to live, you also deprive everyone around you from being blessed through you.  If an 11 year old girl can find the courage follow her dreams, so can you!

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