Letting our Light Shine

Posted by Danielle Street on Aug 29, 2013 in Blog | 37 comments

Letting our Light Shine

Watching children develop a passion for the visual and performing arts is truly wonderful. Witnessing them obey the Lord, use their gifts to glorify Him, and be able to shine like stars in the sky brings me even greater joy.

This month I was extremely honored to have a manager in New York recognize my 8-year-old daughter’s love for singing and acting. After a significant amount of prayer and research, we decided to sign the contract. As my daughter begins this new adventure and she continues to work hard to develop her skills, I’ve a gained an intense desire to find ways to teach her the importance of letting others see she’s unmistakably a child of God.

During my process of learning, I was frequently reminded how we were each called to be the light of the world. When we make the commitment to grow and choose to become a role model for the next generation, it means we’re not ashamed of our faith and we don’t keep this light hidden. Christ is our energy source and we shine brightly for Him in each opportunity we are given.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).

Are you boldly letting your light shine? Is Christ your energy source? How are you encouraging the next generation to shine brightly?


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    Great post, Danielle. As a teacher, I’ve been trying to encourage the next generation to shine brightly by daily focusing on: “Letting the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer” (Psalm 19:14) and while “Making a joyful noise unto the Lord” (Psalm 100).

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      Fantastic verses to remember as we let our light shine and model for the next generation how to glorify God. Thank you for reminding us of them!

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    Danielle – I also have an 8-year-old daughter and she very much enjoys these things too. As a woman who used to be extremely timid, it makes my heart happy to see that is not being carried forward to my next generations. God is good. Blessings to you,
    Krista

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      Yes, God is good. Thank you for adding your thoughts, Krista. It’s wonderful to know other children are developing their creative skills and learning how to let their light shine for the Lord!

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    Danielle, my name Robert means “bright shiny fame”, and so Daniel 12:3 is one of my life verses “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). We are the glory of the Lord, the crown of all of creation that reveals His glory. Great reminder that we are His lights and truly so are the others who have not been awakened to who they really are. So we bring the Good News that captures hearts and puts more divine glow lights for Christ in action. Great reminder and congrats on the gift you get to nurture in your daughter.

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      Wow! Robert, I didn’t know your name meant that. Thank you for taking a moment to post your comment. I always learn so much from what God is doing in your life. May you continue to inspire others to let their light shine!

      “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15).

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        yes, really it is His fame, as my life is a vapor, but in Him it is glorious and I am a son beaming brightly for my God.

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    Danielle,

    This is great! I like the words, “energy source,” — it has me thinking in many other aspects too. ;) bless you! Hester and congrats to your daughter.

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      Thank you, Hester! I truly admire how you encourage others in your speaking and writing to grow and let their light shine.

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    Danielle, I was a very timid, shy girl that lacked any kind of confidence. Over the years, God continued to nurture me in so many ways. I have had the opportunity to minister to many women. I pray that my light is always shining in a ways that glorifies Jesus. It is such a privilege to be used as an encourager in others’ lives. Thank you for this post.

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      Betty, I’m so glad you shared a little about your story and how God helped you gain confidence. I love your heart and desire to use your gifts to serve in ministry. Thank you for posting a comment. I am so thankful for how God has helped my daughter battle her shyness. I love watching her blossom into a beautiful young lady who is learning how to have confidence in the Lord and let her light shine.

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    Great post, Danielle!
    It reminds me that no matter what gift God has given each of us, we ought to allow Him to shine brightly through it! A beautiful stain-glass isn’t nearly as beautiful without the LIGHT shining through it! Only with the light, is it able to share it’s truest potential! It’s amazing to watch our children as they grow and discover this for themselves! It is one of the most AWESOME things ever to see God shining brightly through our children!

    Thanks for sharing!

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      Katie, I love your example of the stain glass! What a beautiful visual reminder that helps us understand this topic better! I agree. It’s amazing to watch children who desire to grow and allow God to work in their lives. May we continue to encourage the next generation to boldly let their light shine and use their gifts to glorify God!

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    Then God said “Let there be light” and there was light. And God saw that it was good. Christ, The Eternal Word. Jesus, the love, the life, the light of the world!
    Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
    Believe in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light. For God so loved the world!

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      Amen!! Thank you, Dave, for sharing more verses about “light” and reminding us how it’s significant in the Bible. Genesis 1:3, John 1, and 1 Thessalonians 5:5 are excellent verses to read. May you continue to make Christ your energy source and let your light shine in your book and ministry!

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    Congratulations to your daughter and your family! This post is well-timed with all the hoopla surrounding Miley Cyrus this week.

    Your daughter’s light will shine, and she’ll use her talents to glorify the Lord… that is wonderful!!!

    Best wishes to you all!

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      Thanks, Carrie!! I actually started writing this blog post before I learned about the story with Miley Cyrus! I thanked God for using me and my situation to shed some light on this topic. Once we are recognized for our gifts, it’s very easy to fall into the trap of allowing the spotlight to be on us instead of God. Let’s keep encouraging others to have Christ as our energy source and be the light of the world!

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    I read once in a research study that the single greatest factor determining whether a child succeeds or messes up in life is the presence and acceptance of a caring adult in his or her life. The amazing discovery was that it doesn’t have to be a parent! It just has to be someone who offers love, acceptance, and godly guidance. This speaks to me strongly as I realize that I am the one who my children are looking to for the example of living like Christ. If my light for Christ is faintly flickering then they are going to stumble in the dark. But if I let burn strong then it will help them follow the one true path leading to Christ our Lord.

    “Then he said to his disciples, “When you welcome even a child because of me, you welcome me. And when you welcome me, you welcome the one who sent me. Whichever one of you is the most humble is the greatest.” Luke 9:48.

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      Thank you, Josh, for taking a moment to share what God is teaching you about this topic. I love what you wrote. Great verse you mentioned. I pray that we will remember to depend on God’s wisdom and strength as we try to be an example to our children on what it means to be the light of the world.

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    I’ve enjoyed reading the posts on this great topic. God is the great Creator, and we are made in His image. Whether we create by performing on stage or writing a blog or teaching others or baking cupcakes, we are meant to do something, to create, and we shine His light to the world as we hold fast to His fellowship. “God is light . . . if we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another . . .”
    I John 1:5-7 God bless you and your daughter as you continue to create for His glory.

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      Thank you, Nancy. Yes, we serve a mighty and creative God! I agree. We were each born with creative skills and artistic expression can take on many forms. I love the verse you mentioned that relates to this topic of “light.” May we continue to use our gifts to glorify God and shine like bright stars in the sky! “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:3).

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    This reminds me of the Old Testament priests in Leviticus. In chapter 9, the priests begin their ministry by bringing the offerings to the altar of God. Verse 24 tells us that “fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed the [offering].” So God started the fire. Back in chapter 6, God commanded the priests to keep the fire going: “The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewood and arrange the [offering]. The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out” (vv. 12-13). God did not ask them to start the fire. That’s his job (Luke 24:32). He only asked them to maintain the fire that he was going to start, to stay engaged with himself, the Consuming Fire (Deuteronomy 4:24).

    Isn’t it the same with us? God has set a fire in our hearts, setting us up as a house on a hill, not to be hidden. We do not give ourselves gifts..by avoiding, ignoring, or burying our gifts we snub the Giver. 2 Timothy 1:6 “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God..” and 1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.” When we understand that it’s not our Light, but his, we can surrender our doubts and fears. It’s not us that we draw attention to, but him! It’s not to our glory, but to his.

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      Thank you, Bekah. Wow! Praise God! I’m so glad you added this comment. I learn so much from my sisters in Christ. Thank you for mentioning various powerful verses in the Bible that help us understand what it means to continue to shine brightly and give the Lord glory. It painted a beautiful picture in my head!

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    Danielle, I so admire your purposefulness in helping your daughter identify the gifts The Lord has given to her, and then process with her and help her see how she can use them to bring glory to His name. Someday, I would love to talk more with you about the ways you help encourage your daughter to identify and then then use her gifts for the Kingdom. Thanks for being an example.

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      Hi Lindsay, thank you for taking a moment to read what the Lord placed on my heart. I would love to talk to you more about some ways I help my daughter identify and develop her creative gifts. I’ve found it’s such an important part of growing and maturing for both children and adults. :)

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    Hi Danielle,
    You had asked me to post a FB comment I had recently made onto your blog. Great blog, BTW! We need more God centered families bringing up their children to boldly let their light shine. The world, more than ever needs to see that true Christianity, those that truly follow Christ, are different from nominal Christians and the world, who have been fooled by the worlds message that we are all the same and that anything goes, so long as no one is hurt. How do we show the world that we are different? How do we shine in a way that draws them to His light? Unfortunately, there are less and less Christ followers who are boldly letting their light and lives shine. We are not the same because we have a newly born spirit, the Spirit of the living God dwells in us.

    My post on face book was as follows: Be careful little eyes what you see. “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. ” Matthew 6:22
    I guess the connection I can see, to your blog, is that one way that we can practically let our light shine is to make sure the light inside us is not being dimmed. If our eyes are seeing darkness; if that is what we are feeding our body, or our heart, through our eyes, then what will flow out of us as Christians? “Above all things guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23

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      Hi Christina, thank you for adding your comment on my blog. Great stuff!! Amen!! Thank you for motivating more of us to boldly let Christ’s light shine through us. As I was preparing for this new entry about “light”, I saw the verse you posted on Facebook. I’m so glad you mentioned it again here. I love how you related the verse to my blog entry. That verse reminded me to make sure we fix our eyes on Christ, be filled with the Spirit, and brightly shine for Him!

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    Congratulations. To your daughter, but more to you. You aren’t a “proud parent” with a stupid bumper sticker. You are joyful that she is getting to use the gift God graced her with in a new and bigger way, but more that she gets to do more of what she loves. This was evidenced by your comment, “a manager in New York recognize my 8-year-old daughter’s love for singing and acting.” You didn’t say her “wonderful voice” or her “amazing talent.” You mention her PASSION for performing. Well done Danielle.

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      Thanks, Diane, for noticing my desire to respond to this special opportunity with humbleness and maturity. Your support and encouragement means a great deal to me. I’m very thankful for our friendship. As you continue to serve God with your wonderful radio ministry, I pray that you will continue to motivate others to boldly let their light shine!

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    Hi Danielle,

    Wonderful blessing to your family and your daughter. I have four amazingly different daughters and they each bring Godly giftings to there sisterhood in our family. God gave each of my girls a Bible Verse and a symbol to guide them. My second daughter is a “star.” I took a taxi once in New York, to visit on old cathedral on a “calling.” I’ve always been drawn to churches, they are irresistible to me, as they each reflect the character of our Lord in a unique light. As I worshiped Him, through this huge church, I came across the verse referred to earlier, Daniel 12:3 is her life verse. I’ll always remember that moment, and the honor of parenting that anointed that Truth for my daughter. I read somewhere once, giving our children a symbol helps them form an identity. God took it one step further with our family, and guided me to wait for His anointing in a verse and symbol. What a blessing that has been ion their growth and maturity as individuals in our family and His Kingdom. I’m going to share your post with my daughter today. What Kingdom songs she will share with the world under your guidance and care. Another Godly instrument that will ring the heavens with her joy and stir hearts for Christ. So glad to have found your Blog. twe

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      Hi Tracey,
      Wow!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful story on how the Lord guided you to Daniel 12:3 and how He led you to give each of your daughters a special verse and symbol. What a powerful testimony of God’s love for us!! Praise God! I truly admire your desire to listen to God speaking to you and then your commitment to put your faith in action. May it motivate your daughters to obey the Lord, follow His dream for their lives, and shine brightly for Him! I look forward to following your blog and learning more about what your learning along your spiritual journey.
      Many Blessings,
      Danielle

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    Awesome post, Danielle!
    I love to see kids (and adults) prospering in their God-given gifts. As parents, we have to help our kids find their gifts and then help them to develop those gifts. You and your husband are obviously doing this very well!
    Unfortunately, musical talent does not run in our family:-) But our daughters “let their light shine” in so many other ways and have brought many high school and college friends to Christ. We’re proud of them for that and so many other things.

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      Thanks, Bill! I’m very happy to learn that your daughters are carrying out the Great Commission and boldly letting their light shine. Praise God! I agree. It’s important we encourage the next generation to use their gifts to glorify God. They will face times of discouragement, temptation, and frustration as they try to develop those gifts. As parents, I pray that we will model for them what it means to persevere and depend on God for strength as we shine like stars in the sky for Him!

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    “Christ is our energy source and we shine brightly for Him in each opportunity we are given.” What a great thought! The Father constantly invites us to shine. There are numerous opportunities. There are teachable moment strategically placed throughout our day. We just need to accept his invitation and partner with the Holy Spirit in letting our light shine. And teaching our children how to shine. Thanks for another great post Danielle!

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      Love what you added, Theresa! Thank you for reminding us it’s something we do daily and we need to partner with the Holy Spirit in letting our light shine. Amen!! May we all sing, “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!”

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    Danielle, you said “Witnessing (our children) obey the Lord, use their gifts to glorify Him, and be able to shine like stars in the sky brings me even greater joy.”

    I totally agree. There is no greater joy than when our children walk in truth, when they make the right choices, when they go on a mission trip, when they share the love of Christ with others…. Yet, the pain in a mother’s heart is when our children do not choose wisely.

    I am reminded that God was and is a totally perfect Father, but His children continue to make poor choices. The way I let my light shine today with 6 children is to LOVE each one when they make good choices and when they make poor choices. I let my light shine in the imperfect and dark place of this world. Because it is His light shining through me.

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      Hi Sue, I’m so happy you took a moment to add your comment on my blog. You and your husband have an amazing ministry. I love how you two are boldly letting Christ’s light shine through you and encouraging others to live an epic life. I didn’t know you have 6 children. Wow! As a mother and teacher, it is very painful to watch children make unwise decisions. Like you said, our Heavenly Father watches us adults often make the same mistakes. Thank you for reminding us we all have a merciful and loving God! “You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light” (Psalm 18:28).

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