January 3, 2017


Bill Wilson

Ever had a glitch in your New Year’s Eve plans? That is exactly what happened to Joy and me a few years back during one of our student ministries all-nighter events. For weeks our team had planned and prepared for a successful event. Over 100 students showed up on New Year’s Eve for an 11:00 p.m worship service, then we boarded buses and were driven to a huge athletic complex that was secured from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. Everyone was having a great time until the unthinkable happened, a power outage, which meant no lights. There we were in a massive complex with a host of things to entertain us without lights or power. Although we attempted to make some adjustments to accommodate, the event fell far short of what it was intended to be.

We are living in a world that has had a “power outage.” The culture is falling short of what God designed and planned. The darkness and drabness of the culture are desperate for bright lights. This is a perfect opportunity for all of us Christ-followers to “shine” brightly.

As we enter into this New Year I am compelled by the Holy Spirit to call the Oregon Ministry Network ministers and churches to be committed to SHINE with authentic love, courageous faith, and encouraging hope. We must become bold in letting our light shine in these dark and dreary days.

Here are some practical ways to SHINE brightly:

  1. BE CAREFUL WITH YOUR WORDS. The power of our words can bring life or death. The words we speak publically and privately can brighten a room or dim a room. Let’s pledge to speak words of light and life to our family and to those we lead.
  2. BE CAUTIOUS IN YOUR USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA. People watch what we post and how we interact and express ourselves through social media. Using wisdom in what is communicated through articles, comments and photos can either brighten or dim your “shine.” Someone suggested, Aim to make informed, respectful posts that represent the One you claim as Lord.
  3. BE CONSERVATIVE WITH YOUR ENTERTAINMENT. Where do you go for fun? Having diversions that contribute to one’s mental, physical, and spiritual health is vital. Avoiding things that cause drifting or dim one’s testimony is a wise choice.
  4. BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHERS. Having an encouraging manner rather than a criticizing spirit is one of the most powerful ways to “shine.” Being patient and giving the benefit of the doubt are practical ways of interacting with others in 2017. Luke 6:31, Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

Ephesians 4:29

Join me in welcoming the new year by being committed to SHINE for Jesus!

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