JULIE WELLS: Jesus wants us to push gloom aside and shine on others

Julie Wells

Julie Wells

Are you a burst of sunshine, or a gloomy storm cloud?

I think sometimes the best thing in the world is just to sit and watch my daughter and husband playing. The way they talk and interact with one another just melts my heart. Watching them can turn a rough day in the a burst of sunshine.

I’m sure most of you can relate to what I’m saying. There are people in all of our lives that are sunshine on any rainy day, and if we are speaking honestly, there are some people you see coming, and the feelings are completely opposite of sunny and bright.

So, what category are you in? Are the sunshine on a rainy day, or a thunder cloud waiting to bust?

Its really a funny thought, actually.

I fully understand that we can’t all walk around like the bright blue sky every day, because in fact we need rain to grow, but maybe we need to be the shining lights that Jesus calls us to be.

We need to be walking strong in our faith, allowing Jesus to be our strength and seeking Him first in all we do. And if we do that, then we can be a little ray of sunshine for someone else’s stormy life.

There will be stormy days for all of us, but Jesus always has a way of sending a sign, a break in the clouds or even a rainbow to remind us that He is still there.

He still has all of this universe and everything that goes on, in and around us, under control. He has already promised us all forgiveness, grace and mercy; and we should share that with others. Christians have a lot to be excited about.

This week I found myself saying “Whew” a lot. It’s been a pretty jam-packed week, but through it all, Jesus is still my first love. He has to be, or I’ll just fall in the floor like a mess.

Someone asked me how my day was going, and I went to say, “Girl, I am so tired,” but thankfully, I stopped myself and told her that I was blessed beyond what I deserve, which is truer than true. I need to do that more often, instead of getting ready to send some rain on someone else’s parade by bogging them down with my silliness. I need to just be that sunshine Jesus called me to be.

The best part about all of it is that even when we do rain on someone else’s parade, Jesus still thinks we are His little sunshines. Now, go be a light to someone.

Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.