Shine the Brightest You Can
The Savior taught:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16)
Each and everyone of us makes a mark on this world. We cannot escape that. We interact with others, we do things. David O. McKay taught:
Every person who lives in this world wields an influence, whether for good or for evil.
And where does it start? It starts with our thoughts. They are the catalyst that sets the stage for everything else. And also in what we read, what music we listed to, and who we associate with. David O. McKay went on to say:
As individuals, we must think nobler thoughts. We must not encourage vile thoughts or low aspirations. We shall radiate them if we do. If we think noble thoughts, if we encourage and cherish noble aspirations, there will be that radiation when we meet people, especially when we associate with them...
It is important … that we seek, both in life and in books, the companionship of the best and noblest men and women.
From there it goes to the words we speak, the things we do. Each one of us makes an impact.
Darkness to Light
There are many in the world who are in an unseen darkness, be it spiritual, emotional, or mental. They long for light, but don't know where to find it.
Things that you may consider easy, and simple, they may have never have even known were possible. It's easy for us to take things for granted.
Power of One
We may think ourselves small. Insignificant. That's the lie.
Wasn't Moses just one person who stood up to Pharaoh, and with the direction of God told him to deliver the Israelites?
Wasn't Esther just one person as she, at the peril of her own life, stood up to be counted and let the King know of the lies of his advisers, thus saving the Jews?
There are many great examples of people, ordinary people just like you, who have allowed their light to shine, and to help others.
As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson
Still, it can be frightening to do this alone. It's good to know we have the Savior to rely on. You can rely on Him.
It was Jesus, wounded, beaten, denied by his very friends, that took upon Himself the sins, afflictions, and pains of all of us so He could understand us. So He would know exactly what it was to be us. To be you.
Remember that He is there for you. He knows what it is like for you as you try to let your light shine, and He can give you strength, encouragement, and His peace, as you do so. Because He knows exactly how to do so, since He knows you.