Light the World Podcast

winlogo150I’m thrilled to tell you about my new Women’s Information Network show called “Light the World.” Twice a week I’ll be posting an audio (podcast) giving you insights and tools to help you let your light shine even brighter. The show is geared toward Christian entrepreneurs and Christians who want to make a positive impact on the world.

The Women’s Information Network (TheWINOnline.com) is an influential group of individuals broadcasting positive messages that bless the lives of women all over the world. I’m honored to associate with them and be a part of the network. The official launch of the site is September 26th, but they’ve already posted a couple “Light the World” shows. You can listen to it here.

I’m being more open and personal with this series than I’ve ever been before (if you can imagine). I hope you enjoy it! Please drop me a note and let me know what you think. 🙂

The Perfect You

Come with me to a spiritual realm where the Light of the World, the Savior of mankind awaits. A glowing light surrounds Him and His arms outstretch, beckoning you to come to Him. You step forward and kneel at His feet.

Your finger gently trails across the nail prints, and your heart sinks — sensing the enormity of the pain He suffered because of you. Tears spill from your eyes. After a few moments, He lifts you to stand before Him and gathers you in His merciful arms, holding you tight.

You wonder what right you have to be here, feeling this immense love from One so perfect. A list of your mistakes, weaknesses, sins and imperfections floods your mind; and you start to shrink away.

“Don’t go,” He pleads, putting His hand to your cheek and brushing away your tears. Your eyes lift to His and you see only love there. No judgment, only love. “My sweet child,” He soothes, “Let me take these burdens from you. I cannot bear that you should suffer under their weight.”

One by one, you hand Him your cares, sins, disappointments, illnesses and imperfections. One by one, He embraces them and they melt in a puddle at His feet. You look down in awe as this pool of regrets evaporates and transforms into a glorious golden light that radiates out from Him in all directions. In the swell of that light comes a love more intense. It wraps you up in warmth and joy so remarkable that moisture fills your eyes once more. Only these tears are those of gratitude instead of guilt.

You look down at yourself and are amazed to see a white light radiating from you. You look to Him, puzzled at what you see in yourself.

“I made you perfect,” He says. “I made you the way you are.” You look around and suddenly you are in an exquisite garden. Flowers, trees, shrubs of every color and variety imaginable surround you. It seems that no two pieces of foliage are the same.

Jesus lifts a beautiful fragrant flower between His fingers and extends it to you. “You are like this precious flower. I made you the way you are. There is no one else like you. No one else can take your place. You are priceless to me.”

“But, I’ve made so many mistakes,” you say. “There have been so many disappointments. I try to do the right thing, but I’m too weak. I always seem to fail.”

“That is why you have me. You can’t do it alone.” He brushes away another tear from your cheek. “Allow me, and where you are weak, you will be strong.”

“Lean on me,” He continues, “and I will carry your burdens.
Come to me whenever you are lonely and afraid.
I live to comfort you.
Doubt not, fear not. I am right beside you.”

“My grace will make everything right.
Let me wipe away every tear, distortion and disappointment.
Remember, you are the perfect child I created in this garden.
You are a priceless gift to the world.”

“Whenever mortality’s cares begin to immerse you,
Come to me, and I will remind you who you really are.”

You rest your head on His shoulder, letting His words fill you with hope.

“Will you visit me often?” He asks at last.

You nod that you will.

“Good, good,” He says. “I have an important work for you – a work that only you can do.”

“What is it?” you ask.

“Shine for me. Shine like you are right now in this moment – free and unburdened by all that is not light and love. As you do, others will find me through you. Will you do that for me?”

Your heart swells with love for Him, and you hold nothing back, “Yes, yes, I will do anything for you. Only help me.”

“Of course,” He assures. “Always.”

(This was inspired by conversations/guided meditations with my remarkable friend, Judy Hansen. )

Becoming Someone Extraordinary

There’s a remarkable story in Matthew chapter 4 that we often take for granted because we’ve heard it so much. Simon and Andrew had heard that Jesus was the Messiah. One day, Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee and saw them casting a net into the sea. And He said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Straightway they left their nets and followed Him.

Imagine that! You’ve heard that this man is the Messiah. He comes to you and asks you to leave your work, leave your family and follow Him. He wants you to go with Him around the countryside to teach, and says you’ll do greater things with your life than just the day-to-day grind. He’ll make you fishers of men. He’ll make you someone who can lead souls to God, who can be an instrument in the hands of God in transforming lives and leading them to the light.

Would you believe Him? Even if you believed He was the Son of God, might you still feel inclined to say, “Yeah, but He doesn’t know me. There’s nothing special about me. I can’t be useful to Him. I’m just an ordinary person with a lot of problems and hang-ups.”

But Jesus took these ordinary men, not scripture scholars, but ordinary fishermen and made them His apostles, men of God with power to act, heal, and teach in His name. That is one of the most powerful messages of Jesus Christ — that He can take ordinary people and transform them into extraordinary instruments in His hands. And this doesn’t just apply to Simon and Andrew; it applies to you and me.

One might also say, “But what about my life?” What of Simon and Andrew? Did their lives change when they dropped their nets and followed Jesus Christ? Of course! Jesus even changed Simon’s name to Peter. They were never the same again. That had to be scary for them at that moment of decision. I wonder if they even understood how much their lives would change? Did they know that they would work mighty miracles in His name? Did they even begin to comprehend that they would help bring thousands to the feet of Jesus Christ where they would find salvation for their souls? I doubt it.

“Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” asked Jesus of His disciples. They answered, “Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elias, and others Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Jesus replied, “But whom say ye that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus answered and said to Peter, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17) John the Revelator explained, “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10). When we have a testimony of Jesus, we are exercising the spirit of prophecy — a gift of the Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 12).

Even though Peter had the spirit of prophecy to declare that Jesus is the Son of the living God, the Lord later told Peter at the Last Supper, “Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” Even though Peter had a testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ, he was not yet converted. According to the thesaurus, converted means transformed, recreated or changed.

There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path. There is a difference between knowing, doing and becoming. The gospel of Jesus Christ invites us to become someone new. As Paul said, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

When we drop our old lives, throw down our nets and follow Jesus Christ, we start on a path that can seem quite scary. We may feel like we’re leaving not only our old habits behind, but also sometimes even our very selves behind. But it is always worth it. The person He transforms us into is more beautiful, exciting, vibrant and happy than anything we could have become on our own. And isn’t it only fitting, only logical, that God can do so much more with a life than we can make of it ourselves?

God takes ordinary people and transforms them into extraordinary instruments in His hands. No matter how boring, untalented or ordinary we feel we are, Jesus Christ, if we let Him, will transform us into individuals who can make a miraculous difference in the world around us.

This is an excerpt from 10 Steps to Fulfilling Your Divine Destiny.