Eclipse: Shine For Something More

Besides being labeled as remarkable breath mints, the word “eclipse” has an interesting definition: “to obscure the light from or to another celestial body.” Everyone has been talking about what we will witness as the solar eclipse will take place. They say a solar eclipse is where the sun is blocked out by the moon resulting in visible changes in our daily environment. So this event could turn out to look pretty cool. But before you raid the nearest Ray Ban store or your local eyewear vendor, take a look at another eclipse that has happened lately.

Here in America, we have been known as a shining city on a hill, a bright land of liberty, a country from sea to shining sea, a place where freedom’s flame will never lose its’ flare. America has always been a beacon of hope, freedom, and light. But as we watch the news and recent current events, it would seem that our country’s light has been obscured. With violence, hatred, and sorrow toward one another, many have sought to darken our nation. We have undergone a negative eclipse where we are uncertain of what the future holds and our recent hours have been undoubtedly dim. This obscurity of America’s light cannot be repaired by man’s own hands alone. Even in the darkest hours of our country, when tensions run high and division arises, I believe there is still hope for America. This negative eclipse can be overshadowed by something far greater and more impactful.

Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The best way to discover change, behavioral change in our country in how we think, act, and live is by focusing on the heart. Your heart is like a light bulb in this world of darkness. When Jesus comes in, He flips the switch and your light begins to shine for Him. This is what we need in our country, lights that shine with God’s love bigger and brighter. Lights who treat others better, seek peace, and represent the things which are true. God is greater than any obscurity we go through, He is bigger than any shadow we face, and He is brighter than any darkness an eclipse can bring. No doubt, America is a bright light for the world to follow, however, in the midst of the eclipses this nation faces, may we never forget the light within us and the God we shine for! #Eclipse

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Brandon Baumgarten

Brandon Baumgarten grew up in the small town of Oilton, Oklahoma and was elected to serve the Oklahoma FFA Association as State Secretary, State President, and as a National Officer Candidate representing nearly 25,000 students on the local, state, and national levels from 2011-2013. Afterwards, Brandon launched his speaking career and authored the highly sought after leadership book, Caught Up & Called Out, hoping to help others see the impact they can make on this world. He is a professional speaker, speaking at over 100 different events each year, and a graduate from Oklahoma State University in Agricultural Leadership, and was even named a top 10 student. He is a Zig Ziglar Legacy & Youth Certified Presenter and his message is always to engage, encourage, and empower you to do something big in your life! No matter if you are a student, teacher, parent, or business executive, Brandon's presentations are certain to make you laugh, think, and realize your impact is about to begin!

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