Why Being a Light?

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The main theme and mission I chose for my blog and life in general is to be a light, and I encourage others to as well. I feel like everyone has a main message they stand for. You can stand for a lot of things, but there’s always that one big theme above all. Mine is being a light, and there is one huge reason on why I chose that for Sparkles by Ashlee to represent.

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It’s our purpose.

As Christians, we are on this earth for one reason: to share the news of Jesus and His love. By demonstrating the love of Christ, we are being a light. By talking about His love, we are being a light. By aspiring to be more like Christ, we are being a light.

I feel like being a light covers everything for us as Christians. If we’re truly being a light, that means we’re on fire for God (see what I did there…?), and we really do aspire to fix our mistakes and share His news - which was dying on the cross for our sins.

We cannot be shy talking about God, you guys. To me, there is no such thing as talking about Him too much, unless you’re shoving Him down someone’s throat. Otherwise, that is our purpose. I’ll never really understand why some people choose to keep quiet about their faith. I’m not saying that everyone has to have a blog and just broadcast it everywhere, but just so that you are talking about Him and living for Him in your everyday life.

Because without Him, what is the point?

I’m really curious - what do people without Him think the point of life is?

Some of the common ones I hear are family, love and relationships, work and working hard, or just living it up while you can.

But what happens when your family dies? Where do they go? Are you comfortable not knowing where you and your family go when you die if you don’t have God? I wouldn’t be.

Why are you working hard? To make yourself money? To make the world a better place? But what about when the world ends? That will happen, and then what? It was pointless, wasn’t it? Yes, you need to work hard while you are here to make the world better while we’re here, but that’s not the point of life.

And living it up while you can? So you just believe there is no point to life other than being happy and living a “good” life? What exactly defines a “good” life? Accomplishing all your goals or something, and what is even the purpose of that? When you really stop and think, what the heck are you even living for?

If you do not have God, it’s all pointless. I don’t mean to be a downer here, but it’s something I’m going to try and be real about. You see, being a light is everything. That is our purpose - to live an abundant life trusting God’s will and sharing His love while we are here. That’s why I want to be a light and why I encourage everyone to be.

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You might be thinking, why can’t I just have faith and keep it to myself? Isn’t that enough? It’s good that you have faith, no doubt about it, but what’s the point if you’re not sharing it? Yeah, it helps you, but that’s it. You’re not doing anything for the world around you, and God calls us to be a light. After all, Jesus died for you and your sins, and he did it so the whole world would know. Why keep that to yourself?

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. Matthew 5:16 ESV

For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, “‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’” Acts 13:47 ESV

Do you have to have it all figured out to be a light? Absolutely not. You could have just become a Christian a minute ago and still be a light for people. We’re imperfect and flawed, but that’s why Jesus died for us. Being a light is sharing that and doing our best to live for Him. Also, let’s be real about that. I’m so done bragging about my family/friends/things or whatever. A common thing I’ll see Christians do (even some of the well known ones) is write a bunch of sappiness on social media about their family. Now family, you know I love you so much, and that’s kind of the point. You know that, so why do I need to go write a book about that on social media?

It’s truly just to brag about them. Yes, I do love my family, and sometimes I definitely do want to brag about them, but they’re sinners. They’re amazing, but they’re still sinners. I don’t like it when Christians go on and on about how stinking wonderful their boyfriend/mom/dad/etc. is. We don’t need to do that. That’s not at all saying we don’t love them, but we’re not supposed to brag. Besides, I love how people only spout the good. I mean, imagine if we said this…

“Happy birthday idiot! Last night you were being really mean and stupid, and I wanted to punch you in the face really hard! I don’t like you sometimes!”

...but we all feel that way at points about everybody. JUST ADMIT IT.

We’re all on different levels, too. And that’s okay. Jesus died for us, and it’s okay if we don’t know it all yet.

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My point is to just live for God. Being a light is very hard at times, and I want to write more books on it. We’re going to make mistakes, and we’re not going to be the best light at times, but that’s where we just have to know God and live for Him. That’s our purpose for this life, and I’m going to make the most of mine. Thank you all for listening to my thoughts on all this.