Impacting the World at the Speed of Light
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
As I write this note many of us are preparing to return to school and our normal autumn activities (soccer, play groups, homework, Life Groups...) That means a pace of life and a schedule with no margin for error. Can you relate? But this passage tells me I have to be a light.
It's tough to be a bright light for others when we are angry or stressed or feeling overcommitted or overwhelmed (basically burnt out). As the pace of life picks up and the margins slip away, be reminded we already "are" the light. It's not an option and it's not a potential, it's an actual. (vs. 14). The only unknown is what will that light look like and how will it shine on others.
Let's be intentional (put it on a lampstand) during these busy days. Let's pause and look someone in the eye. Stop long enough to hear what they really say. When you ask someone "How are you?" Take the time to say back to them what you heard so they know you are really listening and you really mean it.
Based on what we hear, or see, maybe we can be the light that shines into their life. (vs. 16a) Not so we can get the credit but so our Father in heaven will get praise. (vs. 16b)
I'm reminded of the great phrase that originated in Texas. The phrase is "All hat and no cattle." In other words, lots of talk - but no action. Talks a lot but never gets it done. Kind of like a lamp which is lit but hidden under a basket. (vs. 15 ) I believe the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second. If we are the light of the world (and we are), consider that is the speed at which we can impact the lives of those around us. Literally in the blink of an eye, we can be the beginning of an eternal life change for someone. Why would we hide our light? Why would we chose not to bring light to dark lives?
For Christians to be salt and light, like we are instructed to be in the Beatitudes, we are going to have to be intentional. There's no better time to be a light than when our world is so dark. Shine well.
Written by Elder, Ray Lagan