By LEATRICE PACE

Rantoul Press columnist

It is important to let your light shine in this dark world. It is really hard to let it shine brightly.

So many circumstances invade your life and cause your light to dim. But be of good cheer. The Lord has overcome the world already.

When those times come, please look to the scriptures to be lifted up and encouraged by the word of God. Too many times we are influenced by those things that do not have God’s best for us. Let God give you the things that you need.

Remember you are fearfully and wonderfully made. No two people are exactly the same, and our differences are what makes us unique. Uniqueness is a gift from God, and we are free to be all God created us to be.

1 Peter 4:14-19:

14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of , but on your part he is glorified. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed ; but let him glorify God on this behalf. 17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

Be encouraged.

Leatrice Pace of Rantoul writes a monthly column of encouragement. She may be reached at beencouragedbecouraged@yahoo.com.