I have a saying that I use pretty frequently. I have adopted it from the Pre-K teacher. She got it from the book of Matthew. Matthew 5:16 to be exact which says “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” To simplify, I go with the Pre-K version and just go with “let your light shine”. It is such an awesome and powerful statement.
Suffice it to say, I am not perfect (duh) and I struggle to keep this simple and beautiful thought at the forefront of my day. I try to do it everyday and some days I completely fail. But I keep trying. The other night when I was really upset a very good friend texted me 3 simple words. I. love. you. How awesome is that? She texted me in the middle of my melt down. I texted her back and she called me. I asked her why she texted me, and her response was “that she was just thinking about me”. Seriously? In the middle of my melt down? Two hours later, my sister-in-law texted I. Love. You. How did these two people who love me so much know? without any precursor or information? Ladies and gentlemen- that is some really powerful stuff. I needed them and I didn’t know I needed them. But they knew I needed them. Awesomeness right there and in action.
So what exactly is the light that we are supposed to let shine? That is the three million dollar question. I think that it is a responsibility that we have to seek, to be better than what we are. right now, at this moment. We all have a special part of God in us- a part that knows things and recognizes things without explanation. The part that radiates goodness and recognizes goodness and wants to project goodness. We all have this light. We have to let it shine as much as possible because we never know who may need it.
Sometimes we know exactly where we are going and we know exactly how we are going to get there. Other times we can get completely lost, forgetting who we are, what we are supposed to do and where we are supposed to be going. You see, when we let our “light” shine, you never know who is searching, who is lost, looking for a light. Our light can be used for others, like a lighthouse is used in the middle of a dark storm. guiding those ships that are lost and warning to not run aground.
Think about how many times in your own life someone has done something for you that made all the difference. A phone call, a listening ear, a small present, an unexpected visit, a card, a shoulder to cry on, a wise word, a harsh word, a swift kick in the back side- I know for myself, throughout my life, I have been lost countless times. Operating on complete faith, like walking around in a dark room with my hands out, anticipating when I am going to stumble because I can’t see in front of my face due to the blackness surrounding me. I have had darkness, where I didn’t know what I believed and what I didn’t believe,a time where I have just gone through the motions of the emotions. And then like a miracle someone helps me or something happens because someone cared enough about me to make it happen. The light in those times is brighter than a thousand suns- it is brighter than ten thousand suns because that light carries with it HOPE. Hope that someone cares, that things will be better, that things will be ok- because that is what we all want- is for things to be ok.
The wise men, Melchior, Caspar and Balthazar (I had to look their names up) knew what they were looking for. They consulted books, maps, scripture and their own knowledge in search of what they were looking for, which was Christ. In the end it was the great bright light that lead them to what they were looking for. The light guided them to where they needed to be, the light offered them hope for their future and provided reassurance that they too would be ok.
As you go through your day, try to be selfless, giving of yourself, asking yourself what you can do for someone. Take a risk and be giving of yourself, send that card to the person you keep thinking of, call your friend and tell them how much you miss them, tell the people you care about how important they are to you, tell people you appreciate them, acknowledge others when their kindness has touched you, be kind when it is most difficult, break your old bad habit and force yourself to do that one thing different just one time and most importantly be aware and willing all the time to be of service when you are called.
Because you see my friends, you never know when it will be our turn to be in search of the light.