“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
Growing up, I was a very shy kid. I remember the first time I stood in front of my class to talk, my knees buckled and everyone laughed. The first time I sung in front of my mother and uncle, she said with excitement in her voice, Ohhhhhhhh, you can sing! Then I started to cry and never sung again. The first time I gave a speech in front of my church, I felt nervous and started to cry. Being out front, with all eyes on me, caused me to feel very afraid. But when I surrendered my life to Jesus, I surrendered to Him all fears and insecurities. I grew bolder and more confident every time I accepted the challenges of His Holy Spirit. That doesn’t mean I never felt afraid again. When Holy Spirit told me that it was time to begin doing DOTK LIVE, I had a panic attack. I said, “Lord, I just want to write devotionals! I want to stay behind the computer.” But He said, “People need more personal ministry. Trust Me, you’re going to love it.” He was right.
My sister, maybe you hate the spotlight and being the center of attention. Maybe you turn down promotions because you are afraid of everyone looking to you as the leader. Maybe you have dealt with fear of walking in your purpose because it requires you to speak up and stand out. I’m here to tell you, the same Holy Spirit that empowers me and gives me courage and confidence when I feel afraid, is the same Holy Spirit who will empower you at every turn. People will see God’s Spirit at work in your life and will be amazed by His light. Speak to the little girl in you. Give yourself permission to shine for God’s glory.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for loving me with a perfect love that drives out all fear. You did not give me a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power, love and a sound mind. Help me to walk courageously and confidently in your plan and purpose. Help me stay reminded that no matter how afraid I feel, those are just feelings. It’s not who I am. I am your daughter and you got my back. In Jesus’ name, Amen.