The Light in Others

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Why is it so much easier to see the light in someone else, especially those we love rather than to see that same light in ourselves? How can we look so lovingly on others we love even though we have witnessed their shortcomings and bad choices but when we look at ourselves we have disdain and regret for those same bad choices and shortcomings?

It’s just easier to love someone outside of ourselves for some reason. We forgive others more willingly, we have more compassion and we seem to give our love to others more unconditionally. Why can’t we do that for ourselves?

In order to love those in our lives so fully shouldn’t we practice by looking in the mirror, forgiving our sins, accepting our faults and letting the bad go so the good can enter? If we were able to do that to look straight into our own eyes and say “It’s really ok. I accept myself where I am for who I am. All I can do is love the “me” I am and try to continue to be the best person I was meant to be.” What would happen then? How would our self respect, confidence and overall joy carry over to all the other relationships in our lives?

It can’t happen overnight. It will take glimpses in the mirror, followed by long hard looks at ourselves. It will take reflection and thought and breaking down our walls. But it can happen little by little we can love who we are so that we can grow more fully towards that light.

Are you loved by someone else; your spouse, your children, your parents, your friends or God? If you are loved by someone then someone sees that light in you. They have witnessed your shortcomings and watched you make those bad choices but they love you anyway. If they can see the light in you then it must be there.

Today, think about the light that is trapped inside just bursting to be free. Think about the people who love you. Think about the people you love most. How much would your light add to their lives? Take a look in the mirror and start the journey towards the light that others see in you.

Copyright 2011 Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp

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Lori Hadorn-Disselkamp is first and foremost a mother of four children under the age of 17. She has been married to the love of her life, Aaron, for over 19 years. Lori has been writing at her own website Faith Filled Mom for over 6 years. She writes about the journey of faith we live daily and how we can recognize God in this world. She has completed her 3rd year of teaching theology at a high school level and is also a current student of Loyola University Extension Program of Ministry earning a Master’s Degree in Religious Education. Her life is busy, exciting, overwhelming at times but always bursting with her faith in God. Lori hopes that you will find something that might touch your heart in her writing so that she can continue to pursue her purpose in life; to bring people closer to God one word, one moment at a time.

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  1. It is so hard to see that light in me sometimes. Maybe it is a depression or something like that. I know I need it yet it eludes me. Thank you for taking the time to write these words. I will ponder and pray to see the Light.

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