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“14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 (NASB)

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I was born into a position where I was automatically expected to be a positive role model even to the extent that some people expected me to be “near perfect”.  You see I am the daughter of an Assembly of God pastor and whether I wanted to or not, I was expected to do the right thing and be a positive example.  Do you know how much pressure that is for a child, an adolescent, a teenager or even a young adult?  

 

I never liked to be the center of attention yet, I knew that the “world’s” eyes were always on me waiting for me to make a wrong move.  It was difficult for me to accept the fact that I couldn’t go out with my friends and do what they were doing.  True, my parents were stricter than others.  We were raised to live up to “higher” standards than our friends…even our Christian friends.  We were expected to dress a certain way, talk a certain way and act a certain way. So, I basically lived in fear of “messing up” and disappointing my Dad and “the church.”  

 

No one really knew how I felt because I learned how to play the part of a “good pastor’s daughter.”  All the while, I secretly wished that I could live a normal carefree life like all of my friends.  I couldn’t see past my current circumstances.  I couldn’t understand that God had a special plan for my life.  I had been placed into this world to be different…to be a “light in the darkness”…to be a role model for those around me.  

 

 

I can’t explain the supernatural attraction that people have towards me.  I remember sitting in the doctor’s waiting area waiting to speak to the receptionist when a sweet old lady took a hold of my hand and said “there is such a sweet spirit about you.” On another occasion, I was speaking to a young lady when her toddler just reached over and kissed my cheek.  The young mother was surprised by her daughter’s action and commented, “She has never done that before!”  I just smiled because that was not the first time that a child had been drawn to me.

 

You see, I am a music teacher and the students are always wanting to hug me…yes, even those “difficult students!” They are surprised at how much “patience” and “calmness” I display in the classroom.  They don’t understand why I don’t yell more or why I don’t use inappropriate words or listen to the music they listen to.  If they only knew, it is not by my own efforts but by God’s love and grace flowing through me. 

 

Looking back over my earlier years, I see now that God was molding me to be the person that I am today.  Who am I today?  I am a Child of the King.  I am a princess.  I am a vessel created for God’s glory.  I am a light in this dark world.  God has chosen me to be a “safe haven” for those who are needing shelter.  

 

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