I grew up when the phrase “children should be seen but not heard” was still being spoken. Perhaps my desire to remain under the radar began then – to not make waves, to be invisible so no one notices me. If someone looks too hard, they may see flaws.
This desire to remain out of the spotlight could also stem from my tendencies toward introversion. When I go out, I wonder if people are watching and often judging me and Josh. However, getting noticed can have a positive result likes compliments not just the criticism I perceive. Just maybe, someone is seeing the light of Jesus shine through us.
Lights don’t draw attention to themselves, they just are. I don’t want to draw attention to myself. I prefer to remain anonymous because I want people to know and remember Jesus, not me. Many times I can do this, but lately I have felt God drawing me out of my self-protective shell. I think God wants me to rethink this long-held philosophy that it is better to “remain under the radar.”
Let your light shine before men so they may see you good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Recently, I was presented with an opportunity to say “yes” to being in the spot light. A local magazine wanted to feature Joshua and our family on the cover to help the community gain awareness of individuals with Down syndrome. Not long after that, I was asked to make a short video sharing about myself to be used on our church’s webpage to encourage women to participate in a women’s ministry event.
I want to be available to the Lord in any way He chooses, so while I prefer to remain behind the scenes, I will step into the path He sets before me even if it means people are looking at me.
Oh no, is public speaking next??????