In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16 (ESV)
I’ve been on Christmas Break for the past two weeks, which has given me a lot of time to sit around and process my first term of grad school. This time of processing is also a time of discernment; I’ve found myself at several crossroads in making decisions for my future – Should I add a second masters degree in Counseling Psychology? Do I need to move out to live in a more affordable living situation? Should I begin dating again, or should I continue to wait until the end of the school year?
In all the questions that have been raised, one diminishes all the doubt and fear about the direction my life should take – How can I glorify God best?
When facing decisions like these, I often lean on the side of selfishness. I tend to choose the outcome that best suits me, myself, and I, instead of asking what God desires of me or how I can glorify the Kingdom. I’ve not only realized how selfish this is, but I’ve also realized that God can do immensely brilliant, creative, and BIG things with my life when I’m available for His light to shine in me.
When we shed our selfishness, embrace God’s power, and allow ourselves to be available, God will do mighty things with our lives.
And, here’s the thing. . . I can glorify God in whatever decision I make, but how will He be glorified in the best way possible right now? This is why Matthew 5:16 is so imperative to giving glory to God. It’s not about choosing A over B. It’s all about allowing God’s light, God’s goodness, and God’s best, to shine in and through us in the things we’re already doing.
Does it matter if I decide to add a second masters degree, move out, or wait to date someone? Probably not, but in whatever decision I make, God asks for my availability in shining His light in my life.
It’s easy to think of ways we can glorify God, but we forget – God is glorifying us. Are we available for His light to shine?
Whether you’re in a discernment process, or struggling to make a decision, I encourage you to be available for the glory God has in store for you. Be open. Be available. Shine.