Night to Shine

Posted: February 11, 2017 in Uncategorized
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Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven

When you hear the name Tim Tebow, what comes to mind? Football? Handsome looks? Tebowing? Author? Christian? I see what I would call the total package…looks, athleticism, driven with a good work ethic regardless of obstacles, has the heart to serve others and the Lord and who is not ashamed of his faith and beliefs.

Last night, I had the privilege to volunteer at my church. My church was one of the 375 host churches across the world for Tim Tebow’s Night to Shine. His foundation began this in 2015. This is a prom for those with special needs, those who are typically overlooked and forgotten. At the end of the night, they were all crowned kings and queens.

Words can not describe the blessing I received. My heart is full. I was able to slow down from life for just a few hours and see the world in a whole new way. These people were all smiles the whole night…from the moment they walked in on the red carpet in their formal to semi formal dresses or suits and tuxedos to the end of the night when they walked across the stage and were crowned queens or kings. Once there, our buddy was able to go to different stations such as getting hair, makeup and nails done or shoe shining. They were able to have formal prom pictures made. We had limo rides, horse drawn carriage rides and a Dodge Viper in addition to dinner and dancing. They received a special bag at the end of the night filled with surprise goodies. I can honestly say last night was better than I remember my own prom ever being!

My “buddy” was named Jessica. I honestly don’t know what her “issues” were. I never asked. I didn’t care. All I cared about was making her night special. I knew within seconds of meeting her that she was the life of the party. I felt like I was with the popular kid in high school who knew everyone because she knew everyone! She was full of smiles, hugs and high fives. She loved to dance and said she was going to teach me how to have rhythm. She looked beautiful in her purple dress (which is my favorite color by the way). We both took our first ride in a limo together. She loved us taking selfies and knowing I was going to post on social media. She cheered and clapped for everyone as they walked across the stage at the end of the night. I can only hope that Jessica’s night was as special as mine.

If you have never taken the time to volunteer or somehow give back to others, please do so. There are many types of spiritual gifts and God gives us all at least one to use to serve him. We just have to first find it and then make the time to use it. Slow down. Life goes on. Let your light shine so that others may see God in you.





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