Have you ever wondered how you can get active and make a difference in the lives of the men and women we serve? Serving California supporter, Pam Douglas, shares how she spreads 'light' and hope to the women in our Redemptive Programs.
Over the month of June and early July, I was blessed by sharing God's love with about 100 women between the Teen Challenge Lynwood and Ventura homes, and Victory Outreach in Oxnard. The theme was Shining Like Stars and was based on Philippians 2:14-16.
"Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation. Then you will shine among them like stars in the universe as you hold firmly to the word of life."
The questions we took a closer look at were: What makes our star or light shine bright or makes them go dim? We are called to shine for Christ in this dark world but it is difficult. We have to stay in the Word, pray, choose our friends carefully, not let old habits entice us, and remain active in a church community (to name a few). On the other side, fear, addiction, lack of forgiveness, and pride can make our lights go dim. We are called to be a light on a hill shining for all to see and not hide it under a basket. (Matthew 5:14-16) If we rely on our own power we will fail, we must reflect the light of the one true "Son."
To remind us of how important it is to "shine", we made lanterns from Mason jars. We used glitter, raffia, beads, hearts, stars, and labels to decorate them and then turned on a battery candle to light them up for all to see. While many of the lanterns will be given to the women's children and family members, my prayer is they will remember to be stars in the universe as they continue their journey toward healing.
Thank you Pam for using your gifts and serving these women who are on the path of rebuilding their lives.