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Glorify not Glitterfy

I have to be honest, I try to avoid glitter-based greeting cards and gift bags. It never fails, the glitter ends up all over me! It sticks to my fingers, then I touch my cheek or chin, and sure enough, I’m sparkling in a quite bothersome way. Not to mention, I have the darndest time getting the glitter off my face!

Glitter is messy; glory is divine.

So often in life, we human beings tend to settle for achieving our human goals for the purpose of elevating our human selves. We race to be the fastest. We study to be the smartest. We climb to be the highest. We diet to be the prettiest. The things we do are not necessarily the problem, it’s the motivation of self that makes it messy. When we are all about ourselves, the best case scenario for our achieved outcome merely resembles man-made glitter. It’s fleeting; it loses it’s luster; it’s ultimately unsatisfying.

We were made for so much more than man-made glitter! Let’s remember who we are: created in God’s image, bearing His light. All of us! Yet only some of us realize this incredible truth.

The light of Christ in us changes everything: our perspective, our motivation, our purpose.

When we ask the Lord to enter into our gifts and abilities and then we do the things we do with all our might as Scripture instructs us (Ecclesiastes 9:10), then our glitter offering transforms into His glory revealing…through us. Remember, He created you in a unique way to shine…for Him!

Matthew 5:16 says it perfectly, Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (emphasis mine)

Glorify not glitterfy!

So keep running and climbing and studying and being the very best you can be in the unique way He has created you, but check the motivation of your heart. Thank God for your gifts and talents. Use them mightily, all the while asking Him to change your meager glitter to His awesome glory.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31