Everyone has an inner beauty, and light to be used to the goodness of man. It is just a matter of finding how to uncover this treasure. We all tend to hide our light under a bushel like the Bible said—afraid to let our true selves be reflected.

This inner glow will be reflected to others, if we can allow it to peek from our own shadows. We have some control over what can do, or how we tend to grow spiritually. Today, it seems we can’t control much around us, but let’s not focus on the news, and terror around as this will make us feel weak at the knees. Channeling our inner light takes time and by calming ourselves down, and loving ourselves—we can do this.

 Mathew 5:13 instructs us to be the salt and light the light of the earth or we will become useless.

"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

 Smile at yourself, and get a sense of humor. People who smile more have better overall health. When you smile, and speak positive words over your life –it feels amazing. Try it. “Say I am worthy, and beauty. I have peace today.” Get this into your daily activities. This will inspire you to uplift others as well. "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you (Isaiah 60:1).”

Get rid of the clutter today. This means trashing our anger, sin, broken dreams, or resentment. Go through what you need to let go and that is oppressing your light and life. This can mean people, a job, or relationships you need to purge. Start making a list and allow yourself to be honest. Surround yourself with good people, who are positive. The last thing is needed is to be around negative people all day just to have a dinner with more downers. If the only thing you do is talk about problems with people—make the change.

Change your scenery. By some flowers, paint the walls with colors that make you feel happy. Get your environment into a happy place, and then it will make you happier. Also clean up! Clutter is depressing, and this will influence your mood, and even wanting to pray in that environment.

Unplug from the media and get outside. Spend quality with loved ones instead of texting people at dinner. This will help you live more wrote Latham Thomas in a Huffington Post blog. The “icludes iPads, computers, video games, etc. Take that time to tune inward, be with yourself, go for a run, play Frisbee in the park, cook a meal for someone, write a letter, be present with family.”

Finally be grateful for the things you do have today. Incorporate prayer and worship in your life, and just praise God for being our magnificent creator—even if we don’t uinderstand the entire plan. Plus when we are thankful, it allows  the glow to grow even brighter.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Let Israel say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let the house of Aaron say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Let those who fear the Lord say, “His steadfast love endures forever.” Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free."

Now, that is freedom to shine!

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