To be still and rest.
To be still and cease from fruitless toil.
To be alone in the silence.
Why is it hard to be? I don’t always listen to the first hush of the hard-life questions, but today I pause. I let them sweep over me because I know sooner or later, I will have to tackle the hard questions. I have to face them with answers that make me uncomfortable. Change – it is afoot. It invites me to affirm the beauty of being whole and wholly who I am called to be.
Two occasions remind me what it means to be in the world but not of the world. To be a part but set apart. The single light of a solitary moon can still pierce darkness.
The shining of a single planet-star can brighten the deepest shadows. I hear again the calling of purpose. Be a light. Wear the love. Be the gospel everywhere and in everything.
I am reminded, “be who you are. Don’t waste precious time forcing yourself to fit what is not you. Just “be,” for in the being comes the doing and fruitfulness of purpose.
Perhaps you feel the light within you is too small, too imperceptible, not wanted, not needed. Friend, let me tell you something.
You matter. Your story matters. Your art matters. The song you sing matters. The call and unique purpose of your life are a gift. What will you do with what you’ve been given? Perhaps the Light in your heart is enough to make a difference.
We may stand alone, but we are not alone. We may not be surrounded by an always-there community, but we still can shine and forge ahead. We can still offer hope to the world.
May today be the day in which you and I willfully choose to stop believing lies and resolve to believe the beautiful truth. There is only one you and one me – fearfully and wonderfully made. Embrace the “be”.
You are loved. You are wanted. You are needed.
This is day 30 of my 31 Days of Affirmation. In this series I’ll affirm hope, faith, truth, and encouragement even when life is troubling. Particularly the series ponders what it means to hold on to those things that are good, right, noble, honorable, true, and lovely even when life isn’t so pretty. You can read all the series posts here. I hope you’ll be encouraged.