Shake and Shine

There is no way to sugar coat it … life can be hard.   Homework.  Death.  Friends that fail.  Work.  Raising kids.  Christians losing their lives.  Loss of Morals.  Junior High.    Life can be hard, no doubt.

Hearts are being worn out, broken and even killed. 

We look to God very quickly.  Knock. Knock. “God, why do you seem so small right now?  Can you please show yourself to be a bit bigger?  C’mon, do one of your cool miracles?   Please? ”  We ask.  We plead.  We look deeply for Him.

If we, as believers, are looking deeply for Jesus … imagine how desperately those without Hope are looking.   We are all looking for help in our times of need.   In my hard moments, I look to the heavens above for help.  And am a little shocked when “the Heavens Above” look back at me … for help.  It’s a crazy thought, but when things get hard … we. can. help.

In our own days and  in our own ways, we can indeed help.  We can help ourselves in the hard days as we search for a heavenly perspective.  We can help others as they look for the same thing.  As I send my kids off for the day I often tell them to “shake and shine”.  They recognize those words as code for “let people see Jesus in you no matter if your day is good or bad.”    (psst…I took those words from Jesus)  In Matthew 5, Jesus has been speaking to a whole lot of people and is still speaking to us. He asks us to be “the salt of the earth” and the “light of the world”.    (get it? salt: shake.  light: shine)

In the course of our day each of us will come across someone that needs to see Jesus.  Someone that has no idea where to even look for Hope.   We have the honor of bringing Light to someone’s dark world.  We are asked to bring flavor to a life that feels worthless or bland.  We get to MAGNIFY Jesus.

Consider these words from Warren Wiesbe

Does Christ need to be magnified?  After all, how can mere human being ever magnify the Son of God?   Well … the stars are much bigger than the telescope and yet the telescope magnifies them and brings them closer.   The believer’s body is to be a telescope that brings Jesus closer to the people.   To the average person, Christ is a misty figure in history who lived centuries ago.  But as the unsaved watch the believer go through a crisis, they can see Jesus magnified and brought so much closer.

I realize that God doesn’t NEED us.  He is perfectly capable of Magnifying Himself.  But in hard times, our Friend from Heaven above wants us/needs us to walk alongside Him because He knows how much we need it  I think He delights in seeing us experience just how these “hard days” can be used to see Jesus so much closer.   Only HE could use us to help others while He helps us know Him more.  He is so cool.

How can you “shake and shine” in the dark and bland world today?

my kids fill my phone with pics.  once you get through all the selfies, it's fun to see life through their perspective.  this one, was taken in an eno ... while sitting still.  my kid, sitting still.  selah.

my kids fill my phone with pics. once you get through all the selfies, it’s fun to see life through their perspective. this one, was taken in an eno … while sitting still. my kid, sitting still. selah.

Warning:   Even in your hardest days, God can use you.  And as crazy as it sounds … there is fun in being used by God … a fun that lasts eternally!

**this tidbit of thoughts and encouragement originally was posted over at one of my fave places to see Jesus … T Bar M Camps.

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