During Winter, when I happen to be walking outside in the evening, I love looking up at the apartment buildings and houses around me, seeing  all the lamps turned on and the candles lit on people’s windowsills. 

Winter seasons of the soul can feel really dark at times. Whenever I’m going through a tough time or struggling in an area of my life, it can be easy to feel like I’m in no position to be of any help to someone else.

Matthew 5:14-16 (TPT) says:

“Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop? And who would light a lamp and then hide it in an obscure place? Instead, it’s placed where everyone in the house can benefit from its light. So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that the commendable things you do will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”

I really want you to know that even when you find yourself in a Winter season on the inside, you can still be a shining light for someone else.

Winter is an invitation to bring hope to others.

What brings hope to people is not watching someone live a perfect life, but watching a person live an imperfect life while trusting in a perfect God. That’s what causes people to ask, “What’s different about you? How can you still have joy even though you are going through such pain right now? Why are you still able to keep on going when most people would have given up by now?”

Shine in the darkness. Your Winter season will be used to encourage someone else. It’s not all in vain. Winter comes to an end at the right time and the story that you will have at the end of this season is going to be a bright, shining light that causes others to see Jesus.

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