Hidden In Plain Sight
Is your faith hidden in plain sight?
     As my son Justin and I hiked through the heather moorland of the Cairngorm Mountains, the bog cotton swayed in a gentle breeze. The dancing white puff balls seemed to signal we needed to take a closer look into the surrounding grass. Justin pointed out a red grouse chick hidden to the untrained eye. Sheltered from the rain, protected from potential predators, the tiny bird grew daily, eating bugs and fresh heather shoots until it matured.
     Do you ever hesitate to share your faith because you feel you need protection from the harshness of the world? As Christians we are not called to camouflage our faith. We are to proclaim it.
     And yet, we look for clues to predetermine our acceptance from others. A cross, a mention of church, or if a silent prayer before a meal, tells us we are safe—protected from rejection. Tempting, I know. But the distinguishing mark of a Christian is our confidence in Christ’s love for us. Our faith was never intended to be a private belief, hidden in the secret places of our souls. It is a personal relationship with our Savior, our Eternal Friend.
     When our love for Jesus is at the core of our being, it becomes an all-consuming energy—visible in our actions and conversations. The beauty of this divine relationship becomes a beacon of hope assuring those around us there is more to life than what the world has to offer. Sincere enthusiasm is impossible to resist. Your confidence attracts others. It encourages them to find the source of love that gives you purpose—allows you to trust—provides you with peace, regardless of your circumstances.
     So dare to show the love of Jesus, let it shine through you wherever your journey takes you. It’s a powerful way to live.
“For you are the light of the world- like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let you good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Father.” Matthew 5:14-16

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