☀️ Little Eden sometimes just wants to hide from the world for a while. She doesn’t particularly warm to the sun (forgive the pun), so one scorching afternoon she made herself a little tent with a towel and sat like that for the longest time.
As I watched her, I couldn’t help but think of how this image encapsulates so many of our lives.
(This is as much for myself as anyone else, so please don’t think I’m self-assured, or that that I’m close to fully accepting myself – failure, flaws, fine lines and all- I’m not.)
But don’t you think it’s time we stopped hiding and started shining?
🩱 You may not have the body or complexion you had ten years ago, but have you ever thought that if you keep avoiding every family selfie or continue to skip put on that swimsuit, you’re depriving yourself (and your kids, if you have them) of precious memories?
🎶 You may not be as exceptionally talented as the one you admire from afar, but have you ever considered if you don’t raise your voice or play your melodies, you’re robbing the world of the song only you can sing and the anthem only you can bring?
❤️ You may not think the things that make your heart beat faster and your mind come alive are more important than some of the demands people make of you, but if you don’t pursue the passions your Creator put within you, one day you will realise that all those years you were living out someone else’s dreams.
😢 You may not think people will think well of you if you reveal your private struggles or pain. But what if by failing to ask for help you are stopping others from being released to do the same?
✍️ So, as I’m looking here at the automatic prompt my blog platform gives me ….’start writing’ … I feel compelled to urge you all…. you don’t need to be paid to do what you love to start doing what you love.
Whatever it is you’ve always dreamed inside of doing… it’s your time to start doing it.
Start swimming, start writing, start acting, start singing, start studying, start building, start leading, start innovating, start teaching, start designing or DIYing or growing or counselling or travelling.
Come out of hiding. The world needs you. It’s crying out for what God has put within you.
It’s time to shine 🌞