The Bible says that we should shine in the world: Let your light so shine before all, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). But, if we look around, there are a lot of glum faces, dead pan faces, stressed out people.
There is another saying from the Bible that goes like this: Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11: 29, 30). All our burdens of the cares of the world are blocking out our inner light so that we are not shining in the world as we should. Most of us are carrying around burdens of anger, bitterness, sadness, and guilt and shame for past wrongs that have never been lifted from us. Once in a while it is a good idea to do some self-examination and see what is weighing us down. Our unresolved issues may still be getting in the way of our true light from shining and good relationships with God and other people. These things that are dimming our light need to be brought out in the open so that God can take them from us, forgive us, heal us, and make us free and able to live a happy life.
We are all predestined for heaven, but in order to get there, we must give up our heavy burdens so that our light can shine. All angels shine because God’s love and light is able to shine through them. God has lifted their burdens and brought them back into the light. We can be angels here on earth if we allow God to work in us in the here and now. He offers us his own yoke which is easy and his own burden which is light. A light burden is also a shining one and this is what God wants for all of us. So take careful inventory of what is weighing you down and ask your heavenly Parent to take those burdens of negativity from you and forgive any wrong doing, so you can go forward and live a new life of shining your light wherever you go.