This seems to be the favorite word or mantra of so many women: to SHINE.
I see posts and graphics about SHINING all over the place. Shining is a really important thing to do, apparently. We can also suggest to someone to "be shiny." Did you know that? No? Well, now you do. You're welcome.
Don't get me wrong. The message of shining from within is a beautiful one, and I wholeheartedly agree with it at its core, but besides all of the encouraging, empowering, fearless-woman quotes and ideals, God calls us to shine.
We are called to SHINE from within, with the light that comes from Christ.
Without Christ, our light is actually darkness, or our "sparkle is dull," so to speak. We are called to SHINE from within, with the light that comes from Christ. And like a moth to a flame, this light, this holy light that we have within us, will draw people to Christ.
Because this light -- this shining that we're called to do -- is not about drawing attention to ourselves or our gifts; it's not about showing -- or convincing -- people of how happy we are "despite it all"; it's not about putting on a façade and fooling everyone into thinking we're the brightest, happiest, and most fearless woman in the room. This light is not about stepping into our powerful-woman panties and conquering each day with grace and valor, with a bright smile on our face all-the-while. That's not what this light is about.
This light is about drawing people to Christ.
So go on. Be shiny, now.