Light in Your Eyes

It’s hard to see the beauty in life when you’re focused on your own despair. But when you widen your view and capacity for forgiveness, your scope enlarges and the possibilities in life become endless. It will put the light in your eyes.

What puts the light in your eyes? Is it the warm, embracing smile of a friend or loved one? The quick, clever and unexpected sayings of a child? The ability to breathe and think? The realization that the One who uses the sky as his canvass to paint swirling blues, soft pinks and illuminating golds is the same one who put the light in your eyes?

Whatever comes your way, don’t let anything extinguish that light.  


They Don’t Know Who You Are

A little girl, fearless and strong, with boundless ambitions and dreams was plucked like petals from a flower by cruel and hungry wolves. The wolves sought to devour the little girl’s dreams and self-worth because they lacked their own. The little girl fought for a while, but soon outwardly conceded due to the continual mounting attacks. But inside, she continued to believe her dreams would come true. She retreated to the only safe place she knew; inside herself. The wolves didn’t know who she was…

The little girl, now a young lady, met a handsome prince who promised to love and cherish her. What the young lady didn’t know was that the prince would transform into a toad with many insecurities and that the condition of his love was that the young lady never grew or took risks.

The toad desperately needed to keep the young lady to himself because if he allowed her to see who he really was, she would run away. So the toad told her mean and untrue things about herself and her hopes for the future, locking her away in a dungeon. She was isolated from people who truly loved her. When the young lady would rise up, the toad struck back with reinforcing blows. The toad didn’t know who the young lady was, and soon, she didn’t either. She tunneled deeper within herself…

Then one dark, cold night, the dungeon was flooded with a marvelous light. In stepped the most beautiful and majestic king. The young lady recognized him instantly, though it had been a long time since she last saw him.

The King told her wonderful and hidden things she did not know and more importantly, who she was. Encouraged by this knowledge, the young lady pleaded with the King to help her escape her current circumstance. The King reassured her that everything would be alright and the dungeon door was unlocked; she could’ve left a long time ago. Seeing the fear and confusion in her eyes, the King lovingly took her hand and led her out of the dungeon, past the toad. His worst nightmare come true, the toad threaten the young lady physically, but she kept move forward, with her eyes on the King.

The King knew who she was and now she had to rediscover it for herself…

Little by little, the young lady grew into a young woman who learned to weld the weapons given to her by the King; truth dipped in ink and parchment as her sword and shield. She slayed many dragons and demons outside and within the city walls. Though the process was painful and the young woman would have been comfortable keeping the walls around her heart erected, she wanted more. She remembered what the King told her all those years ago.

The young woman encountered more wolves and toads, but the difference now was that she submitted to the King and his thoughts about her meant more than anyone else’s.

The King knew who the young woman was and now so did she…his daughter.       


You’re the joy through the pain, the laughter in the rain.  You reassure me that in this you have purpose, bringing me closer to what you’ve destined for me. Your breath in my lungs, your love in my heart and hand on my back, telling me to go…