At our weekend retreat, our speaker reminded us that we were born to bring glory to God and enjoy Him forever. Through faith in Jesus, we can shine in all directions—which builds a huge network of light! We’re to employ our God-given abilities, filtered through Scripture. And because God’s Spirit lives in us, we can let our light shine even when we have trials or dysfunction (“missing parts”).
We also noted that our good works are to be humble, discreet, and for God’s glory: Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them…do not sound a trumpet…do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing…and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. … you are not to be like the hypocrites…
Saturday afternoon, we did what I thought was a beneficial exercise. On light bulb cut-outs (the theme was “Born to Shine”), we jotted down practical ways to shine our light before men. She called this “Watts of Opportunities.” We hung them up along a string of market lights. Sunday I brought them home and typed them, just as they were written. Here you go. SHINE!
Let someone go first.
Say Hi to the cashier.
Going out of my way to help a neighbor.
Hold doors open for people.
Say please and thank you.
Biting my tongue.
Give a sincere compliment.
Keep my mouth shut.
Say please and thank you to everyone.
Let someone ahead of me in grocery check-out line.
Give a simple compliment.
Write a comfort note.
Letting people in, in traffic.
Cleaning up kitchen at work.
Text I Love You.
Note cards in the mail.
Acknowledge/recognize someone’s effect.
Let people go before you.
Take a meal to someone.
Give a gift just because.
Read books to kids in the library.
Turn off TV or computer when they’re around to hang out.
Say thank you unexpectedly.
Listen, even if you’re busy.
Smile at someone.
Buy coffee for a stranger in line.
Pick up dishes after a meal.
Blow a kiss.
Speak to someone who looks lonely.
At the grocery store, if someone lines up behind you, especially if they have small children, let them go in front of you.
A light hug or pat on the back.
Pick up nails out of roadway to help people avoid flat tires.
Always smile and be positive; you never know when someone might need a little joy!
Always say thank you and please!
Invite someone to coffee.
Text/email a person that you are thinking of them.
Stop what you’re doing to just talk to someone.
Say hello to people you don’t know well.
Text message children and grandchildren frequently: good morning, or thinking of you today.
Hold open a door.
Praises: Make someone feel good about their action.
Give to others without recognition.
Go on a missions trip.
Bake loaves of bread for elderly neighbors.
Do disaster clean-up.
Send an encouraging Scripture to someone.
Make blankets for the babies at Pregnancy Resource Center.
Buy someone a special gift.
Help foster kids.
Volunteer with a sex-trafficking survivor organization.
Take someone to breakfast/lunch; and pay.
Consider prison ministry.
Offer a ride.
Plan a party.
Offer your strength.
Bring someone a cup of coffee.
Pray for a long-time friend to come to the Lord; be an example to him/her.
Helping a friend move.
Send notes/cards to others.
Make up a bag for someone who is sick. Examples: magazines, food, something they like, candy.
Volunteering to serve hot meals to low-income and homeless.
Start talking about Jesus more publically, without fear.
Serve outside of a comfort zone.
Volunteer in youth ministries.
Text an encouraging Scripture or comment to someone.
Clean up someone’s yard.
Clean/weed elderly people’s yards.
Community service: food, companionship, prayer, love.
Hugs! Smiles! Greeting positively!
Be giving and caring to those in need by bringing meals or other things they may need.
Mentoring younger women.
Spiritually mentor a new believer.
Take treats to work.
Pray with friends and family.
Take/cook food to someone.
Run someone’s errand.
Bring husband breakfast in bed.
Offer a ride to someone.
Encouragement to others.
Take a person who can’t drive to the beach for a day.
Clean someone’s kitchen/bathroom.
Cook meals for a family for a week.
Paying to fix a neighbor’s car.
Take time to research and learn about an interest or recommendation from someone you aren’t close to.
Plant a garden for someone.
Help run someone’s business.
Open a coffee shop.
Go on a mission.
Lay down your life for your friends.
Start a new church.
Take in a family member who is without a home; help get them medical help and regain confidence to have purpose in their life.
Dedication to raising a child in Christ.
Take a mission trip.
Join an interest group or take a class.
Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
Invest in my health.
Blessing others financially.
Be the best you can be at the job you have. Shine His light through your work.
Answer the call.
Starting a school.
Write a worship song.
Volunteering in children’s ministries.
Adopt a child.
Take in foster children.
Decorate the White House.
Supporting with a monthly gift to a pastor and wife (repeat quarterly).
Write a book.
Live within my means, giving sacrificially—monetarily and time—to others.
Writing and speaking.
Mission trip: Go to New Orleans; go to Africa to teach the Bible with true Scripture.