Shining Brightly.

"But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough, can you see the stars."

I love this quote spoken by Martin Luther King, Jr., during his last speech before his death. My English class was reading the speech last night for homework, and this was one line that especially stuck out at me.

I just try to think...when I'm on my back porch at home at night with all the street lights around me, I look up to the sky and see stars--although they are very faint. Sure, I can still appreciate the beauty of the heavens by seeing dimly lit stars; but when I go somewhere isolated like this past weekend at Winter Retreat at Camp Awana, WI, I don't even have to look for the stars. They just jump out at me.

Applying this quote deeper into life...when we are always in comfortable situations, we won't shine as brightly because we'll be around other light. However, when we are in the uncomfortable situations of being around those who don't have Christ in their lives, it's like we shine brightly--because everything around us is dark. People don't even have to look for God's light; people automatically see it in our lives.

So I encourage you, even when you are in an uncomfortable situation with darkness all around, just remember that God can use the hardest circumstances to illuminate His light in us as bright as ever.

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