“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.” (Matthew 5:16 NASB)


Have you ever wondered how anyone could take a look at what you are doing and start praising, or glorifying God?


When we do an act, or deed, that causes them to say, “Thank you”, you have opened the door to them glorifying God.


We do the same thing to our children.  When they are young, whether we are giving them something or taking it away, we always end it with, “Thank you”.


“Give me that Ink Pen…Thank you!”


“Let go of your sister’s hair…Thank you!”


“Here is your paci…say, Thank you!”


“Where did you put those car keys?!” (Child’s laughter watching parent dig franticly through the toy box) “Here they are…Thank you, God!”


Each time there is a place to be thankful, the door of our heart opens a little more to allow Christ in.  Even if we do not realize that the door is opening.  Even if the ones we care for, or give acts of service to, don’t realize that the door of their heart is opening to Christ – it is.


Sometimes, letting your light shine in the dark places, is simply giving Acts of Kindness as Christ would do for them were He physically present.


Thankfulness is always the beginning of recognizing Christ.


We enter His courts with Thanksgiving


That is where all relationships begin.  It begins with seeing a light, and begin thankful for what is seen in the light.


You can’t make someone see the Father and glorify him.  Only He can reveal Himself to the heart of a person.  But when we let our light shine, in such a way that they are grateful, thankful, and drawn to the light, then they will begin to enter His courts with Praise.


Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. (Psalms 100:4 NASB)




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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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