In the same way, let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
What a strange picture for that verse, you say? Perhaps for you, but not for me. For most of my life, I have played the piano. It is a gift from God that I caught from my mom and was taught to me by a sweet lady from our church. It has been enjoyment. It has been therapy. It has been blessing.
But there have been times I have hidden this light . . . afraid that it didn't shine as brightly or as beautifully as someone else's. I'd see those lights and find mine pale and insignificant in comparison, rather like a Charlie Brown Christmas tree next to the Douglas fir at The White House.
But God was gracious to me nevertheless. He was patient and allowed me to see that my light was needed and the squandering of it was rooted in pride. He created my light to shine just the right color and intensity. It wasn't meant to glow for my glory, but for His. It is not a spotlight to direct others to me, but to Him. So, I let it shine now. Not perfectly. Not without mistakes. But hopefully, with praise.
So as you fill up with God's Word today, may you discover or rediscover your God-given gift to be shared . . . and let it shine.