The Glowing Effect

I had a telephone conversation yesterday with someone who, like me, is facing an onslaught of ‘troubles’ and starting to feel like disappointments and problems are becoming far too familiar, as each hour of the day ticks by. We both laughed as we said at the very same time, ”I just feel like I am so over it all, but quitting isn’t an option.”

We continued to chat, at length, and I thought I’d share a summary of sorts with you all.

I don’t know if you have ever seen the meme about temptation, but it goes like this :

”Lead me not into temptation… I know the way already!” πŸ˜›

And the thing is that no matter where we’re at spiritually, we ALL know about temptation… and how easy it is to sometimes give in. (Deny what I have said, but please remember this the next time you know you are not supposed to have that slice of chocolate cake, but you simply must and so you eat it anyway. πŸ˜› )
Temptation doesn’t always refer to ‘disastrous consequences’.

When we are faced with those times where everything is just ‘oh so hard’ and we really don’t see an end in sight (because perhaps we have no control over the situation to start with) it’s not hard to get tempted to allow our brains to start considering ‘quitting’ – over it all / I give up.

It’s in these moments that we have to choose to do possibly one of the bravest things we have ever done :
We have to not quit.

You may be thinking right now : but some things/situations need to be ‘quit’, and you know that, so what are you on about….

I’m on about this : No matter what, please don’t quit on YOURSELF! Yes, some things need to be ‘quit’ … but YOU don’t!

There is a BIG world out there, made up of a large amount of people, and each and every one is a unique individual with their very own talents, strengths, weaknesses… and responses.
Someone who can identify with me, understand me, be helped or positively affected by me? That someone may not respond to you in the same way. HOWEVER, there may be someone who just cannot hear what I say, but when they deal with you, you stir a fire in their soul.

Discouragement holds us back. Disappointment keeps us stuck. The chaos in this broken world hurts us and sometimes brings us to a full stop.

But if you are reading this? If you are still here? There’s purpose FOR YOU! There’s a reason you still exist, and it isn’t to quit!

You are here because someone out there NEEDS YOU!

You might even be the only one who they can accept kindness from; you might be the only one who makes them truly feel loved; you might be the only one who helps their heart fully appreciate that they have value.

Too often, we get so caught up in our ‘negative attributes’ that we forget the good things we have to offer this world.

So when everyone else keeps shouting about everything that is wrong with you, PLEASE shout to yourself about what is RIGHT about you.

I’m off to try and be a glimmer of light in someone else’s world today – because it always adds some light to mine.
To quote the first part of a famous quote by Martin Luther King Jr. :
”Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that…..”

And so when everything feels like it’s out of control, and darkness seems to be looming….
Let us not quit! Let us instead become glimmers of light!
It doesn’t just affect others, it begins to have a ‘glowing’ effect on us too πŸ˜‰


10 thoughts on “The Glowing Effect

  1. Thanks for the sunshine! This positivity and earnest post was just what the world needs. It helped calm a corner of darkness within that I hadn’t been mindful of. Faith isn’t a strength, but that’s okay. Thanks Meg! πŸ™‚

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  2. Sweet sweet Meg, I never ever come to read your words of wisdom without nodding my head in agreement and being blessed by your purity in heart. My goodness, you are such a beautiful blessing my friend!!

    This whole post reminds me of the Scripture from Galations 6:9: “So let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we don’t give up.” — It’s so true when we stop to think about it. Nothing really worth having comes easy to us. We find the most treasure in those things that made us grow, made us give, or caused us to let go of something else so we could receive the greater gift.

    I’m with you sweet friend. I get what you’re feeling and where you’re coming from as I’ve been feeling it too. That ‘over it’ fatigue. The battles of life can feel relentless but we really do serve a good God who will see us through to the other side.

    I love what you said about focusing on our negative traits and completely ignoring the fact that we are pretty freaking amazing too! We often focus on our worst because we may find ourselves, even unknowingly, measuring ourselves against someone else’s best. Truth be told, they might be doing the same against OUR best. That’s why we must remember that who we are as individuals is a gift and could never be a mistake. Like you said, quitting just isn’t an option because the world that needs our voice is waiting for us to arise and shine. πŸ™‚

    Meg, you are so deeply loved. I love how similarly we think. Many times I find that we are posting words along the same train of thought. It’s pretty neat, really. Know this: Your heart radiates joy, compassion, love, and wisdom to all of us. You have far more of an impact than you could ever imagine! Never stop writing my friend. Never stop being YOU because you are gloriously, perfectly, meticulously designed to create and fulfill what only you can. And we are blessed because you chose to share it with all of us. β™₯

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    1. You know what? You made me cry! ❀ ❀ ❀
      I really needed to hear every single one of these words this morning.
      You know the saying, ''Just when you thought things couldn't get worse…''?
      Well, the last few days have been an onslaught of 'worse', and I feel very alone. I know I am not…. and yet I am. I feel abandoned. BUT perhaps the little bit of strength in each moment that keeps me going and gives me a smile, that gives me a heart that still wants to share goodness and love with others? Perhaps THAT is the 'saving grace' right now – the little reminder that I am NOT alone. As humans we aren't designed to be 'alone', and so not having the physical presence of another to share with and talk to is tough (and I just don't mean in a romantic relationship – my three strength friends are otherwise occupied, and ill) … it can make me forget that the spiritual presence can be enough.

      Your words have touched a part of me that warms my heart beyond measure. So thank you for that. There's actually a blog post I have scheduled to go up in about half an hour that explains that πŸ˜‰ ❀

      Thank you, Holly! THANK YOU. Much love and hugs xx


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