We are called to shine! Each and every one of us has different gifts, dreams, and desires. I used to think that doing God's will meant I needed to be suffering, and if loved what I was doing then it must not be God's will. I still remember the moment my Dad sat with me in a moment of desperate confusion and told me that, more than anything, God wanted me to be happy. It was like a light bulb went off in my soul! The gifts He'd given me were how He wanted me to serve others. He wanted me to use my gift of song, and the joy I had in doing so meant I was on the right path! It may seem so simple, but it truly rocked my world. I had been set free to find my own path and follow His will for my life.
Every part’s a little different, every heart beats its own way
He has given us the freedom, use our gifts to radiate
Free to be, free to shine, free to give our entire lives
Oh nothing is by chance,
Yeah, Yeah, let’s shine our radiance
These lyrics from “Radiance” rang true at a concert recently while I was performing. It was an intimate setting, and the people present ranged in age from 3 to 83. I was so touched by God's beauty in the diversity and was aware that everyone there brought with them their own gifts, dreams, desires, hopes, concerns, and fears. The 83-year-old woman came an hour early to the concert because she was concerned if she went home she wouldn't get out again... there was a three-year-old that played my tambourine and made everyone smile... and there was a man who wept when I mentioned the economy and encouraged those struggling with unemployment to trust that God has a plan for our lives even, and maybe especially, in the midst of our pain. No matter where we are, who we are, or how old we are, God has a plan for our lives and calls us to shine His light!