Burn Bright – Part 1

Through Holy Barre, we pray God ignites a fire in your heart, soul, mind AND body to BURN BRIGHT for Jesus and in His love. But what does it mean to ‘burn bright’?

I remember waking up in an ambulance early one morning very confused. My mind was fuzzy, but I recalled being just at the gym on the treadmill.  I had started getting light headed but kept going . . . pushing myself . . . striving to finish my pre-determined mileage . . . then I had passed out while running. My body was thrown back into the machine behind me.  My thoughts immediately went to, ‘Man, how embarrassing!’ ‘Libby, you should have known better.’ ‘Take better care of yourself.’  Regardless of the fact that I was in the middle of a tough season of life, my response was one of failure and not doing enough, being enough.

But then I felt the Lord say, ‘You tired yet, Libby? I want ALL of you, your heart, soul, strength, and mind.  And I truly want ALL of you – the good, the bad, and the ugly.’

Several years later and several struggles later, the Lord ignited a fire in my soul when He lovingly revealed this truth to me, ‘stop shining in your own effort.  Let me burn bright within you.’

Every since I was young, I’ve always loved the idea of ‘shining’ . . .to be a bright light, a positive person, and a ray of sunshine. Yet the more I pursued this desire to shine, the more I felt tired, discouraged, anxious, and guilty. Over the years, I have realized truly shining for Christ has nothing to do with our striving but everything to do with our sacrificing, sharpening, and ultimately surrendering. It is not in our power or purposeful pursuits but in His power and our purposeful posture that God is truly glorified!

Join us for the month of May as we dive deeper into our desire to ‘burn bright, better together’!

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 cor 12:9-10

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