You my child have light. The world will tell you that your light isn’t bright enough or important enough. The container it is in is the wrong size or shape, or it’s too broken to make a difference. The world will have you believe your light won’t be missed.
But your light matters.
It matters to the people who know you and the ones who don’t. It matters to the person you just smiled at, the person you called by name. It matters to the church that is dark, the city cloaked in sadness, and the workplace stumbling.
It is your unique vessel mixed with God’s love and that produces a light that will never shine like anyone else’s.
Don’t hide that light.
Don’t seal the cracks.
Don’t plaster over what makes your light yours.
Let your light shine, because your light matters.
It will be missed. Shine it loudly, the world needs to see it.
Don’t hide it beneath layers of insecurity and doubt. It is brighter than you think. The cracks and the crumbling spots just shine that light even brighter.
And always remember, it is your body and God’s love that make the light shine in this world.
So shine bright, and don’t doubt for a second that your light matters.