Feb 3, 2015
Birthday No. 25 + Shine Your Light
Today I turn 25 years old. I'm still trying to grasp that fact. I can't believe I'm already 25 and I've been stressing over it for several days now. Twenty-five doesn't look quite like I thought it would. But I've learned that's the point. It's not about how I thought it would look or what I had planned. It's about God's plan. Right now, I'm exactly where he knew I would be. And for the first year in my life, I feel like I'm truly giving all the control over to God and stepping out in faith.
I've dreamed of finding my purpose. I've prayed about it. I've tried to take control and force it. But all of that is no good. We all have a purpose, but I believe God chooses to reveal it to us at different times, which is hugely contradictory to the society standard that forces you to decide the rest of your life the minute your high school diploma is in hand. I had been waiting for that perfect moment to find out what I would be called to do. But I wasn't getting answers. God did a work in me this past year and I finally reached a point of turning it over to him in which I stopped trying to force my interests to be my calling and I realized that no matter what I was called to do, it would be fulfilling because it was my calling, not because I thought it was awesome.
But God's plans are always better than our own, and better than anything we could dream up. God began putting the puzzle pieces together for me. It's not a great epiphany. It's not some awe-struck moment cued by a choir of angels. It's not a shout to the world about what I love. It's an inner most peace and desire. A still small voice inside my heart telling me to go and do this.
SO, this Friday, February 6, 2015, Ryan and I are launching an apparel company focusing on creating high-quality t-shirts with hand-lettered inspirational messages that encourage us to shine the light of Christ that lives within us. Each message inspires us to live God-filled lives loving others, stepping out in faith, and sharing the Gospel. We want these shirts to be conversation starters and encouragement for everyone. This is a tool for sharing the Gospel and a declaration of our beliefs as the body of Christ. We are founded on the words found in Matthew 5:14-16, "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." We believe these t-shirts are just one way Christians can share the light of Christ with the world, spreading His message, wearing His love, and boldly proclaiming he is Lord of our lives.
The Shine Your Light design is our original, founding, design. Our website goes live Friday morning and the shirt will be released at 10am. We are so excited for this new journey and everything ahead. Our dream is to eventually be able to work with non-profit organizations to fight the good fight and create special designs for specific causes. Right now, we're just learning the ropes and figuring things out. While we know this is where God wants us to be and have faith he will bless this journey, we know we will face obstacles as well. Any prayers you can offer us in support would be greatly appreciated. You can find us at shopshineyourlight.com beginning Friday, but until then, follow us on Instagram @shineyourlightco or sign up for our newsletter here.
Twenty-five doesn't seem so bad with the Shine Your Light launch in sight, and knowing this is God's perfect 25 for my life, makes it that much better.