What’s Dimming Your Light?

I am filled with gratitude as I join you today. It’s truly a dream come true to be here with you. I want to express my deep thanks for this incredible opportunity and for the amazing first week we’ve had together. I am overwhelmed with joy and gratitude from Jesus this morning. My heart is full, and I am so grateful to share this journey of living brightly with you.

The Joy of Living Brightly:

As I was preparing for this episode, I reached for my Bible and started reflecting on some verses. One verse in particular stood out to me from John 15:11. It says, “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” I feel the truth of these words resonating within me. I am grateful for the overflowing joy that Jesus brings into my life, and I am honored to share it with you. Our purpose is to shine brightly and illuminate the world around us with love, kindness, and God’s glory.

Today, we are diving into the topic of pruning and removing obstacles that dim our light. Imagine a fresh, shining light bulb that illuminates an entire room. However, over time, it may flicker or dim due to various factors. That’s what we’re focusing on today—how to remove the things from our lives that dim our light, so we can shine brightly and impact those around us.

Hebrews 12:1 provides inspiration, and I’ll share it in an easy-to-understand version: “We have great people as examples around us. Their lives teach us what faith means. So, let us run the race before us and never give up. We should remove anything that slows us down and the sin that often entangles us.” This verse speaks to me, especially in terms of understanding sin as the things we know we should do but fail to do. It prompts me to reflect on the aspects of my life that hinder my brightness and prevent me from showing up as my most loving self.

Sometimes, it’s evident to identify what slows us down. Personally, I’ve recognized that reducing or eliminating alcohol intake allows me to feel more authentic and vibrant. It’s not about legalism but rather understanding what feels genuinely good for me. So, I invite you to explore your own life and consider what habits, behaviors, or thoughts may be dimming your light. Are there areas where you struggle with consistency or find yourself weighed down by certain circumstances or perceptions?

I want to emphasize that it’s not always the circumstances themselves but our perspective of them that can affect our brightness. Shifting our thinking and reframing our perspective can have a significant impact. For instance, instead of feeling burdened by having to wake up in the middle of the night with my daughter, I choose to see it as an opportunity to cherish and love her. It’s a chance to create lasting memories of love and care that she may remember as she grows older. By shifting my perspective, my energy changes, and I can shine brighter in those moments.

Let’s approach this process with compassion and love. Grab a sheet of paper and jot down the thoughts that come to mind. Write down the areas of your life where your reactions, habits, behaviors, or thoughts feel like they’re dimming your light. It doesn’t have to be perfect or neat; it’s a messy but necessary step. Once you have your list, imagine offering it to God, surrendering it to Him, and acknowledging that you can’t do it all on your own. Ask for His help and guidance in removing these obstacles.

In the metaphor of Jesus as the vine and believers as the branches, we understand that pruning is necessary for growth and fruitfulness. Just as a gardener prunes away dead or unproductive branches, we too need to let go of what no longer serves us. We need to release the behaviors and thought patterns that hinder our growth and keep us from bearing fruit.

The key to this process is abiding in Christ, staying connected to Him through prayer, reading His Word, and inviting His presence into our lives. When we remain connected to God, His transformative power flows through us. We become vessels of His love, joy, and peace, and we can’t help but shine brightly.

Galatians 5:22 describes the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These are the fruits we can bear when we abide in God and allow His Spirit to work within us. Take a moment to reflect on these virtues and consider how well they align with your daily actions and interactions.

Finally, I encourage you to intentionally set aside time each day to connect with God. Find a quiet place, open your Bible, and immerse yourself in His Word. Seek to know Jesus on a deeper level and invite His presence into your life. Through this connection, we can experience the abundance of His love, joy, and peace, which in turn allows us to live brightly in every aspect of our lives.

You can even use our journaling guide and set apart 20 minutes to discover what is dimming your light. Download it free here.

As we conclude, I invite you to join me on this journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth. Let’s remove anything that dims our light and commit to living brightly, radiating love, kindness, and God’s glory to the world around us. May we be vessels of joy, bearing the fruits of the Spirit and illuminating the lives of those we encounter. Partner with me for coaching and community in Live Brightly–join today.

Thank you for being here with me today. I’m excited for the transformation and growth that await us as we choose to live brightly together.

Listen to the podcast episode #106 to hear my conversation on this topic on Apple or Spotify (or anywhere you listen to podcasts!).

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