Do everything without complaining and arguing so that no one can criticize you.
Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people...
I love that movie 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' with the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn playing the exquisite role of Holly Golightly. My favourite scene is the very beginning of the movie where Holly has obviously been out all night and it is still early morning... the streets are quiet and the shops are not yet opened for business... Holly is standing in front of the Tiffany's window eating a croissant while gazing admiringly at all of those gorgeous Tiffany diamonds...
the ones that I can only dream of!
I don't know about you, but I love diamonds...
there is something about their 'sparkle' that just begs for my attention...haha.
If you have a diamond, or possibly even diamonds, that you wear all the time, which I do in my engagement ring and in my wedding band, you will soon discover that the sparkle that you were so impressed with when you first wore that ring soon begins to fade and it becomes slightly 'dull'. All the dirt and grim of everyday life begins to build up on and around that diamond and since a diamond can only reflect what is around it... it no longer shines as bright because the light that was once allowed to penetrate through the diamond is shut out and can no longer be seen. However, if you take that ring and clean it all up, get rid of the grim and dust and build up of life, it once again shines like a brand new one. You walk around with that flashy diamond on your finger wanting to display it to the whole world!!
Sometimes our lives can become a bit like a dull, not so shiny, diamond ring...
God has called us to live 'clean, innocent' lives like that of a child... but often we let the 'stuff' of life crowd us in. We let little things start to build up around our shining light... things that people might say in innocence offend us... that movie we watched last week that we should have walked out of... we argue with our spouse about the smallest thing... we yell at our kids 'because we are tired'... and the list can go on. It all starts to build up around us and we no longer reflect the light of our God.
We need to get rid of this 'stuff' and let our light once again shine in this darkened world...
God has called us to be SALT and LIGHT.
We need to shine so bright that we leave a pleasant taste in people's mouths...haha.
If we fill our lives up with the Goodness of God, with His Word, with His Love, with His Peace, with His Joy... If we let the Spirit of God work in our lives... show us where we need to change and let Him clean us up... we can once again be a diamond that SPARKLES!!
A diamond that shines so bright... illuminating the lives of others... a reflection of God!
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