Alive in HIS light.

"Alive in His light." This is the typical name I go by on social media. I'm not even fully sure how I chose that username so long ago. All I know is that since I decided to follow Jesus I have strived to be a light of God. Like the sun shines on the moon I want God to shine on me and for others to see Him through that.

That image is so beautiful to me. Like the moon people go through different stages in life. We have those moments when everything is fine and dandy and we are shining God's light so brightly(full moon). However we also have those moments when things are really rough and we are not happy with the person we are or the way we are acting and we aren't really shining the light of God.(new moon)

What does it mean to shine the light of God? It means that we are giving our all to represent the love that Jesus has for us to other people around us. I love the moon and the sun picture because it really is exactly like our lives. The moon is constantly in darkness. But no matter where it is, at all times the sun is always shining on the moon. Even when we can't see it like a new moon the sun still shines on it. Except for those random moments during an eclipse when the sun can't see the moon. I like to think of that as the crucifixion when Jesus took all of our sins upon himself so we don't have to worry about eclipses anymore so that we could be in God's light forever. This is so neat to me.

My whole life tons of crazy things have been thrown my way but my story is that I am Alive In HIS Light. No matter what life throws me, no matter how dark it is, or how tough it is God is always shining on me. I can either choose to let His light shine through me and be a full moon. Or I can choose to respond negatively and end up like a new moon. I've decided to let Him shine through me to try to be that full moon as much as possible.

I'm not perfect I screw up but it gets easier and easier every time. My past may be yucky but I've come so far and been through too much to ever give up. I've learned so much and I want people to see that. I'm not going to let my past define me and you don't have to either.

Matthew 5:14-16 says, "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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

Strive to be a light for God. God is always shining on you and never gives up on you. Don't hide your light or settle for barely shining. You are Alive In His Light.

blog post by Kate Cook.
photo by @sarahgrunderphotography 

photo by @sarahgrunderphotography