One day I was greeted with, “Hello Sunshine.”
I was already smiling as this guy approached, but his greeting made me smile wider. It caught my attention immediately. What an awesome way to be described! Sunshine as in light and bright; Sunshine as in being light in dark places.
YOU are not only commissioned, but YOU are expected to SHINE! They will know YOU by your fruit!
[“] The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. —Luke 6:45
Prior to that day, I had not thought of myself as being Sunshine. I thought people described in that way were the type that always had a joke on-hand to share at the drop of a dime. I thought they were people-pleasers who never shied away from expressing a kind word. To me, they are always noticeable, always smiling and always looking to make you laugh. This is not me.
Now, I have a better understanding. Being Sunshine is simply being light in dark places. Is that you? When you speak, what comes out of your mouth? Are your positive expressions limited to clichés–Christian clichés? Does your nonverbal language match your lingual declarations? People are watching, even when you do not think so. They are listening in more ways than one. Just as a baby knows its mother’s heartbeat, out of the overflow of your heart you are identified.
You better SHINE!