A few months ago, my daughter and her husband opted to remodel a bathroom in their home. I enjoy hands-on projects, so I was happy when I was invited to join in the “fun.” We spent hours tearing out the old fixtures and putting in new ones. It finally came time to paint the newly repaired, textured walls. What color would look nice? And what sheen (or glossiness) of paint should we use? We learned that “glossy and flat are typical extreme levels of glossiness of a finish,” and that “glossy paints are shiny and reflect most light in the specular direction.” “In the specular direction”? I’m still not sure I understand exactly what that means, but I did understand the “reflect” the “most light” part.
Growing up in church and spending many Sundays in children’s church, I have memories of singing numerous songs geared toward young minds. One such song was “This Little Light of Mine.” We acted out the various verses: “Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine.” “Don’t let Satan (blowing action from the mouth) it out, I’m gonna let it shine.” “Let it shine ’til Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine.” I learned at a young age that my actions were a reflection—one way or the other. I could act out and bring shame, or I could do my best to reflect the love of Christ.
Jesus taught in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. … Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (NKJV). Our actions matter. May we do our best to shine the light of the gospel “in the specular direction” (or a mirror-like reflection), shining the love of Christ to all around us who have yet to give their lives to the Lord.
Melody Reever, Editor
May 2nd 2019 @ 8:10 AM
by Emily Spaugh
Have you ever felt as though your life was a maze? You started with a destination in mind, but now you’re stuck somewhere in the middle, unsure of which path to take. You feel lost, maybe even disappointed, yet there remains within you a need to reach the goal.
Sometimes our callings are similar. Some people are called to do something specific. However, most of …Read More +
March 19th 2019 @ 9:25 AM
My daughter was the loudest kid in the store that day. Everyone we passed was looking, I didn’t care. At the top of her lungs she sang, “I love my mommy. Oh yes, I do. I love my mommy and she loves me too.” If ever I had been on one of life’s mountaintops, I was on one at that moment. Our sweet girl, Tayla, came into Child Protective …Read More +
February 14th 2019 @ 10:25 AM
Four hundred years of slavery changes your perspective. A nation known as God’s people, whose common ancestor (Abraham) had a special friendship with God that was designed to be passed down, were now incapable of seeing themselves as anything but slaves.
So ingrained was this slave mentality that most parents didn’t bother to pass down stories of Abraham and his covenant with God. What was the point? Rather, …Read More +
January 18th 2019 @ 9:10 AM
Motherhood can come to us in a variety of ways. Ours came through adoption and fostering. The decision to adopt from New Beginnings came after navigating the emotions of infertility. After years of waiting, and transitioning from Mexico to the States, we finally received what is known in the adoption community as “The Call.” Debbie Velie’s smiling voice came through the phone: “We have a baby boy for you!” …Read More +
January 3rd 2019 @ 1:35 PM
It was finally here. I was sitting enjoying a wonderful worship set at General Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, this past fall. The Spirit of God was moving in a powerful, yet sweet way. But there amid eight to nine thousand people, I had an overwhelming feeling that I was alone and that no one really saw me—until I felt God in a very specific way. He let me know …Read More +