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My Reflections from a Week off: am I Hiding or Shining?

I just returned from a week in Tennessee with my family. We did a lot of hiking and enjoyed the beautiful mountains.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Last week was spring break for much of the country and we found ourselves among a lot of tourists in Tennessee.

A lot of people were like us, from Michigan.

You don’t have to know me well to know that I graduated from Michigan State University and am a Spartan fan.

If you want to see the extent of my Spartan fandom – just check out a prior post of mine.When I am not at work, I am pretty much exclusively wearing my alma mater gear.

I found myself throughout the week in Tennessee routinely getting approached by people, other Spartans, saying “Go Green!” (And if you are a Spartan, you know the only proper response is “GO WHITE!”)

Seriously, this must have happened a dozen times in different places throughout my week. People I have never meet before identified a common connection with me without even knowing me and feeling compelled to acknowledge me simply because of shirt or hat I was wearing. This also happened to me multiple times back in January when my family visited Disneyworld.

This phenomenon really got me thinking. It usually takes me a week away from the daily grind of life in order to prod me to reflect on some of the more fundamental questions in my life.

Most of the time, we are all good at hiding who we really are.

It isn’t hard to do.

On any given workday it is very easy for me to hide behind the suit I wear, the job I perform. I can show the sides of me I want to show, and hide what I want to hide.

The question I need to ask myself: on any given day, am I letting who I truly am shine through?

Much like when I am wearing Spartan green, people know I am an MSU fan, when I am living my life, is it plain as day and easy for people to see:

what I stand for;

what I value most;

what I will stake my integrity on;

what I will never compromise on.

Is the fact that I am a follower of Jesus Christ evident to all who come in contact with me? Am I walking as Jesus walked?

Is the way that I am living my life distinct?

Maybe this is a good question for you to ask yourself:

As you go about your daily life, do people really know who you are?

Are you letting your light shine for all to see?

“And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever. “

-Daniel 12:3

email: Jeshua@dwlawpc.com

http://www.dwlawpc.com

Twitter: @JeshuaTLauka

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