High school homecomings and family reunions can be so much fun as we spend time with people we haven’t seen in years. But these events can also make us feel a bit insecure.
It’s hard not to compare ourselves to others’ successes or (especially for us ladies) to wonder enviously, how did she manage to stay so skinny?
But what if our countenance, conversation, and perspective reflected so much joy and peace that others couldn’t help but be jealous of us? Especially those who are aware of the struggles we’ve experienced.
How would it change our conversations if those around us began to wonder how they, too, could have such joy and peace? Or obtain a confidence in God that surpasses all understanding like Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV) describes?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I’m not suggesting, of course, that we show up at our homecoming, or any social event, and begin preaching. I am suggesting we live in such a way that our life reflects our faith. When we practice going to our heavenly Father with every situation we face, with our hearts filled with gratitude for the generous love He has for us, something beautiful happens inside us. Before long, our countenance begins to reflect that change.
When we see how God continually invests Himself into our lives, we live with less fear. We certainly don’t want to pretend or give the false impression that our life is without pain, even sometimes devastating pain. On the contrary, we can share truthfully, from the perspective of someone who knows we’re not alone in our circumstances because God is at work in our lives.
So perhaps, rather than worrying about being the most successful or the best looking, we can become the envy of all by developing a faith that brings with it a peace so great it’s beyond understanding. A faith so great that others will want it, too.
What about you?
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- Do you struggle with insecurities during family or school reunions?
- How would letting your light shine during these events help you better enjoy your time with family and friends?
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