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good life by jessica turner


Part of cultivating a good life is shining our lights to the world.

Each day we are bombarded by negative news – stories about violence, disaster, and situations that seem hopeless. But goodness is everywhere, too, and it starts within each one of us. I believe that each of us is born with a light inside and that every encounter is an opportunity to love and show kindness.

With Christmas just around the corner, opportunities for loving well and shining bright are abundant. As the saying goes, It is better to give than to receive. And with each open hand, with each kind work, our lights shine brighter, further, stronger.

As a mom of two little ones, with another on the way (just three more weeks), I am constantly looking for teachable moments with my children. Spilled Cheerios by one becomes a lesson in lending a hand cleaning together. Saying hello to a cashier at the grocery store becomes a lesson in kindness to all we meet.

And in all things, we encourage our children to shine brightly. Lately, this message has been affirmed through the reading of my husband’s new children’s book, God Made Light. Matthew wrote this book because he wanted to remind children that they are brilliant creations with the power to impact the world for good. I get teary each time I read these words:

‘Cause you’re just like the sun and the moon in the sky. You’re as lustrous as twinkles that dazzle the eye. You’re as splendid as lightning when flashes so bright ‘cause on the day you were born, God said, “Let there be light!”

Because our kids – and each of us – are just that: lustrous, splendid, and filled with light. May we remember that this season.  

Note from Becky

Yes, yes, and amen to Jessica’s message today. Without a doubt, we each do have that light within us and it’s a choice to let it shine – or not. Jessica has been a friend to our company for several years now. She is a Project Lifer and a believer in what we do, not only in helping others with memory-keeping endeavors but also in my personal quest to inspire people to cultivate a good life. I believe that Jessica absolutely cultivates a good life. And our family has and loves her husband’s book that she mentioned.

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5 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    Love your post. What a wonderful description of children: lustrous, splendid and filled with light. Beautiful.

  2. John Claunch says:

    This little light of mine…I’m gonna let it shine.

  3. Congratulations to you on your up and coming book, I’m looking forward to it. You have a wonderful way with words.

    Mary from NH

  4. Pam says:

    Such a joy to behold. Yes, let us shine, let us shine, let us shine.

  5. Amy Myers says:

    What a sweet post. The K-1 students at my school have a first Thanksgiving together. Last year, she was a pilgrim. As a first grader this year, she was an Indian. The parents had to give their child an Indian name that went along with a story they read in class. I named my daughter She Who Smiles Like the Sun because she is my light. She shines everyday for me in many ways, and I see the Light of God in her every single day. Thank you for such a lovely, heartfelt post.