There is a local curate’s husband who is renowned for the polish he puts onto her Doc Marten brogues. Achieving a polish requires concerted effort, quality ingredients and applied skill. The shine doesn’t last, and the shoes do the job they are designed for, even without the shine.
Jesus asks us, yea commands us, to do our stuff in his name without drawing attention to ourselves. Do it in secret, he says. Don’t shine it. You’ll lose the fruit, you’ll miss the reward. Sue Watt, no less than many others I can immediately picture, did and do ‘the stuff’ without glitter, honestly, out of compassion. And, you know, they glow. There is a Jesus shine. It comes up like a sunrise, and it warms your being, rather than being a fleeting distraction.
Oh. The lady with the brogues. She’s one of them glowers too. You won’t even notice the shoes.