Let HIM Shine 67

Light shine

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NIV)


When the gentleman approached our table, leaned over and said, “I don’t mean to appear as rude or anything”, I thought, “Uh-oh…what did we do wrong? What did we say?”


My girls and I were sitting in a restaurant celebrating my graduation the day before and my birthday, which was the following day. We were having a blissful time, great conversation, and were really enjoying one another. Frankly, it was as though we were in our own little bubble even though there were people all around us.


The man, who was sitting (with his wife) caddy corner from where we were, had taken notice of us.


I was taken aback when he proceeded to tell us why he came over.


He continued by saying, “I have been watching you ladies, and I can tell you are full of the Holy Spirit. I couldn’t help but listen to your conversation and how intelligently you speak. How you interact and communicate with one another. And I am impressed by you all.”


Whoa! No…Wow! That went in a totally different direction than I thought it would when he pre-apologized for possibly seeming to be rude.


Now that moment certainly warmed my heart…

  • as a mom
  • as a woman
  • as a citizen
  • as a patron
  • as a person
  • as a Christian
  • as a Child of the King.


Oftentimes I have witnessed others behave unseemly in a public place. There have been a time or two or three that I was not the best patron either. Whew! I got it right this time…we got it right. Truthfully, this experience should be more frequent than not.


Actually, the opposite of what this gentleman witnessed should never be said of us by others.


So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. Romans 14:16 (ESV)


Whether in a public place or in the comforts of our home, we should always aim to display the true character of God, such that He can always be glorified and praised. That light within us should illuminate in a way that those around us cannot help but recognize this Christ that we profess is alive, active, and is living on the inside of us.


In some cases…the Jesus within us is the only One some will ever come into contact with. And we have the ability to make Him known by:


  • Being conscious of what we do.

In our dinner case, it is not that we rehearsed how to go out and behave in public places. I can remember a conversation with one daughter the week before about a previous restaurant experience where I corrected her about something I deemed as inappropriate to be discussing so loudly in a public place. Though this had taken place quite some time ago, she was having hard time with it. I am not so sure she was in full agreement by the end of our conversation that day. But I think this compliment we had received caused her to mentally and spiritually revisit that occurrence…as she, too, was blessed that someone could see such a light within us.


  • Being conscious of what we say.

If what we are speaking is not life-giving and uplifting, we probably should not be speaking it anyway, especially in a public place, which could possibly cause others to be offended by us. We should always be calculated with our speech, as there may not be an opportunity to retract what we say. And sometimes there will not be an opportunity to explain or put our words into context. As such, we should be intentional about what we have to say. And even in those times we do not have time to think things through…if our hearts are in the right place, only goodness will flow from it anyway.


This moment for my girls and me was such an encouragement to us and taught us the importance of both of these points.


Now I will end by telling how this dinner time concluded. As if we were not blessed enough, God sent more affirmation and love our way…my way!


As the gentleman and his wife got up to leave, he stopped by again. He looked me directly in the eyes and said, “If I were a newspaper reporter, I would want to do a story and name you…Mother of the Year! You have done an amazing job with your girls. Keep the faith…”

Ah Sir…feel free to be your kinda “rude” at my expense…anytime!



Lord, may I always be intentional about displaying Your true character everywhere I go. In Jesus’ Name.


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About Yolanda Perry

Yolanda is a devoted follower of Christ. As an author and speaker, she seeks out opportunities to spread the Gospel. Her personal mission is... To Communicate & Demonstrate Unshakable Faith! She is the proud mother of three and has one grandson, whom she adores. Her bonus family member is her spoiled rotten long haired chihuahau, Pennie.

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67 thoughts on “Let HIM Shine

  • Winter

    Wow such a neat experience! Surly something that will stay with you and your girls for a long time. I love how God can encourage and confirm what we are doing through others! Way to go mom 🙂 Your neighbor at Sunday Stillness

  • Dana

    That’s so great!!! What a cool story!
    We should be very careful of what comes from our mouths. And my bible study this morning was about this very thing. Hmmm, God must be telling me something here! 🙂 Thanks, friend!

  • Carmen Horne

    A beautiful story Yolanda and just filled with great advice to watch our tongue. Thank you for sharing. Love that you and your girl’s lights were shining bright for Jesus! visiting from Intentional Tuesday

  • Kim Adams Morgan

    Very good advice. We never know when someone might be listening. They may need to hear a kind word or may have never heard the name Jesus before. We could be the doorway to someone’s journey to salvation. My husband and I used to be shy about bowing our heads to pray publicly years ago. Now we don’t even think twice about it. Stopping in from Playdates.

  • Dolly@Soulstops

    Oh, what a wonderful gift…I’m so glad God used that gentlemen to bless you and your daughters…and you’re right, we do need to be intentional, by God’s grace, of our speech….Congrats again on your graduation 🙂

  • Ola

    Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

    LORD JESUS, Daily as i live, often as i breathe, let my whole life be an expression of your Light.


  • Amy Talbott

    “Whether in a public place or in the comforts of our home, we should always aim to display the true character of God, such that He can always be glorified and praised. ” This is such a good reminder. How we behave wherever we are is a reflection of Jesus Christ. And people are watching. I wish I could say I have gotten it right more than I have gotten it wrong but I don’t think I can say that. Thank you. Stopping by from the #RaRaLinkUp.

  • Karen Brown

    Yolanda- This is such a beautiful example of how when we are filled with the Spirit, others will know Him by our natural behavior. We won’t have to force it or rehearse- it will be organic and real. What a testimony you and your girls are to His character. Thanks for sharing that it’s by His Spirit that His work is done. Enjoy the blessings of putting God first… Loved your post!

  • Gayl

    Yolanda, this just warms my heart! What a wonderful thing to experience. I’m sure that gentleman was blessed as much as you were. It makes me realize that when we notice things about people that would encourage them, we should tell them. He could have just kept it inside and you never would have known what an impact you and your girls were making. Keep doing what you’re doing, girl! Love you! xo

  • Kamea Hope

    I love it! So wonderful that you were out there shining His light! Goes to show that people do notice, and the little things can make a huge difference. I especially love that your daughters were there, and can see a tangible example of how living a life of integrity and joy can be a huge witness to others, even when we are not aware of how God may be working. I am so glad for you that you were blessed this way. Encouragement can be so helpful in fighting the good fight on days that may not be as joyful or easy.

  • Rachel

    Such a great reminder to be conscious of what we do and say. I get the whole “bubble” of your own thing and I do it often when in restaurants too. And what a blessing to have such positive affirming words spoken to your heart…love it! 🙂

  • Lisa Murray

    As always, beautiful, Yolanda! I do believe, “That light within us should illuminate in a way that those around us cannot help but recognize this Christ that we profess is alive, active, and is living on the inside of us.” When we truly are illuminated by God within, we should not hold that in for ourselves alone, but share that with the world in need. Blessings sister in Christ!

  • Betsy de Cruz

    Yolanda! What an encouraging experience! And what a good reminder that we should seek to reflect Christ wherever we go. Blessings on the rest of your week. Let’s keep shining for him! #RaRalinkup #CoffeeforyourHeart

  • Tayrina

    Yolanda! Beautiful post! Thanks for encouraging me to shine always and represent with excellence Jesus every where I go. I’m visiting you from Coffee from your Heart Link UP. I’m Linking up too!

    Tayrina from TGAWrites

  • Crystal Storms

    Beautiful experience, Yolanda, that reminds me of something I read by Lysa TerKeurst in her book “What Happens When Women Walk In Faith.” Your experience demonstrates what happens when we are consistent with our habits of obedience to God. They become the natural reflections of our heart, and then both our actions and reactions reflect the God reigning in us.

    Thank you, Yolanda, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

  • Christine Duncan

    Yolanda, after another week passes filled with so many ugly, awful and rude world happenings, your post and your story of your dinner is such a breath of fresh air for the soul. And so important! Our spirits are all challenged today in two ways by your words; 1) to involve the Holy Spirit to direct our words and our example and 2) to step out and connect with others who may need this same encouragement like the gentleman did.
    Doesn’t get much better than that!
    Always love stopping in to your blog, lady! Much much love 🙂

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Thank you Christine…you sure know how to make a gal ugly cry. They are tears of joy and gratitude. Love you for stopping by and making your presence known with your encouraging words. Glad you enjoyed. And let’s keep praying for our world Friend!

  • Kristi

    Care if I join you in this prayer, my friend? “Lord, may I always be intentional about displaying Your true character everywhere I go. In Jesus’ Name.”
    Yolanda, you were given a beautiful birthday/graduation present by the man, In turn, your light brought glory to the Father. Ooo Rah! I’m tickled for you and the girls, and am praising His name alongside you. xo #coffeeforyourheart

  • Lisa @LisaAppelo.com

    Wow, how humbling to realize that folks have been watching you when you didn’t know it! Hoping it never makes a difference . . . that our light shines wherever we are. So happy to visit you from Coffee for Your Heart. 🙂

  • Kristine

    That’s so awesome, Yolanda! That also makes me realize that if I see other moms in a public place having a great time with their families, I could give them a word of encouragement as well! We all appreciate a kind word, and this is a perfect example of how those words were a gift from God at just the right time. Great story!

  • Jenny

    This is such a great story. I love that the Holy Spirit is shining through. The man is right. You are a great mom. Happy belated birthday and congrats on graduation.

  • Kelly Balarie

    Yolanda, you don’t even know how much this makes me want to smile. Way to go Momma! I am so proud of you. You do it all and you seem to do it all well. Praise be to God how he has brought you through. I love this story. Cheering you on from the #RaRalinkup on Purposeful Faith.

  • Bonnie Lyn Smith

    Oh, I love this, Yolanda! Was so excited to see your face on some of the same link-ups I go to. Couldn’t wait to read this. That is so wonderful that the Lord brought you encouragement and affirmation through this gentleman! And well done as a mom!
    You are so right. I love this: “In some cases…the Jesus within us is the only One some will ever come into contact with. And we have the ability to make Him known”! Amen! Blessings to you from your new friend at “Espressos of Faith” via #ChristianMommyBlogger

  • Stacey Thureen


    I love this! I love it when people can tell that Jesus is the Lord of our life. And I love it when we can see that in others, even if we really don’t know them.

    Thank you for sharing. I pray God continues to use you and your family to be witnesses for the kingdom.

    Blessings to you,

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Stacey…you are right. My thought since that moment has been how I need to make it a point to acknowledge the Jesus I see in others and encourage them in the way I was.

    • Yolanda Perry Post author

      Thank you Tanya…I usually read some of the great posts on weekends but am a little behind due to a family urgency this past week. But I intend to meet and encourage some new friends this week for sure.

  • Sharita

    How cool and what a sweet Jesus surprise, Yolanda! And what encouragement to your Mama heart. This encouraged me and I wasn’t even there 🙂

    Keep up the great work… I am praying for your in this new season and I continue to praise the Lord for our IRL meeting this week. What a blessing!

  • Betty Draper

    Yolanda, you had some great points concerning how to act like a child of God. What a blessing to have someone notice your conversation and then go the extra mile and bless you for it. Good post. Encouraged.

  • ~ linda

    Praise the Lord for one of the most beautiful compliments we as Christ’s could ever hope to receive! WOW! Your advice, linked with God’s Word, is excellent for each of us to heed. So grateful that you are my neighbor at Still Saturday.
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda