#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
You who bring good news to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good news to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, “Here is your God!”
This scripture reminds me of one of my favorite children’s gospel songs, “Hide it under a bushel? NO! I’m going to let it shine!” This isn’t a mild and meek, “no”. It’s a never will I ever under no circumstances, “NO!” The good news, news of salvation, grace, mercy, forgiveness and what God has done for us, should never be mumbled under our breath or kept to ourselves. It should be shared aloud, for all to hear, and frequently.
Sometimes when I’m casually strolling in a store, an employee will spot me and ask, “Ma’am, may I help you find something?” And, though I wasn’t in a hurry or felt like I needed any assistance, I’m always relieved when I tell them what I’m searching for and they confidently say, “Right this way.”
Like store employees, we should always have our eyes and ears open, ready to guide someone to a scripture, testimony, resource, organization, etc. Don’t keep God’s miracles tucked away, out of sight. Don’t praise Him silently. Too many lives are waiting for us to answer our call to go, shout, bring and lift up the name of the Lord. How will they find their way if we continue to hide our light?
The next time you’re feeling shy, afraid, or indifferent remember the little kid in you that vowed to never hide your light or allow Satan to blow it out. Say a prayer, take a deep breath, walk to the mountaintop, and let the God in you shine.
Brandi Hawthorne is a Christian Development & Lifestyle Coach & Founder of Christian women’s tribe, Woman, Live! who lives in Simpsonville, SC. She is a true extrovert; yet, sometimes she frantically hits the “close door” button on the elevator because she wants to be alone.