Turn on the light


I am not a big fan of Oprah Winfrey, but I recently ran across a quote of her that I can thoroughly endorse.

You have to find what sparks a light in you so you can illuminate the world.  – Oprah Winfrey

Not all of us are destined to influence the world as Oprah has, but we each have our own small piece of the world – our home, our family, our neighborhood, our friends, our community, our work place – where we can shine our light and make a positive influence.

We each have a natural audience through the people in our lives on whom we can shine our little light. 

We each have unique gifts, desires, and talents.  These were implanted in us when we were created by the Father.  Part of our mission here on earth is to find the light inside us, nurture it, fuel it, and then illuminate our world.  This is why parents are here – to help our children find and trim their own lights.

We each have the ability to create beauty.  It starts with our passions.  Some might be considered mundane by the world’s standards, but each is important.

It might be:

  • Baking delicious cakes
  • Growing beautiful flowers
  • Building comprehensive spreadsheets
  • Listening diligently while sharing coffee with a new friend
  • Writing essays that stir readers to think
  • Lifting our voices in inspiring song
  • Praising a child’s crayon drawn masterpiece

The next quote is an encouragement from the Apostle Paul.  However, a modern interpretation of his sentiment might sound: “be all that you can be”.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not men.  For you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.  It is the Lord Christ you are serving.  Galatians 3:23-24 (NIV)

Go shine your light.  Work with enthusiasm that which you enjoy and do well.  If you can’t identify your own light, ask your friends and family what they think you do best.  That is the starting point of your light.

What is it you like doing?  What brings you joy?  That is probably something very close to where you are gifted.

Do it more.  Discuss it with someone else.  Bring them along.  What you do to shine your light doesn’t have to be earth shattering.  We each have value.  It is how we contribute to our surroundings. 

We all need to contribute our best during our short time on this planet.

A smile will make a difference.  Try it.  Next time you are in a grocery store smile – a big, authentic smile and make eye contact.  It will change your attitude and may contribute a change in the other person as well.

Your light matters.  The world needs you to make it a brighter place.

What can you do today to shine the light of your gifts and talents?


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