BIBLICAL POINT OF REFERENCE:
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."
Lately I've had a lot on my mind about being a form of light for others. But what does a light for others do? What is the best way to be a light for others?
For me, these past few weeks have been a continuous lesson for me on how I can be a light for others. While spending time at home, I was determined to help my family prepare for hosting Christmas at our house, mostly by cleaning a lot and taking care of our dog and running errands. My job, as I had convinced myself, was to do whatever my mom and dad needed me to do and help them out in the best way possible. By the time I was ready to go back up to school yesterday, both of my parents told me that they had enjoyed having me home and that I was really helpful. Though it may not seem like a very big feat, I had been a little light for my family when they needed it. How do I know? God told me so through my parents' gratitude. Being a light for others is as simple as being a good example - which, ironically, is exactly what God calls us to be. He doesn't say to use words to bring about His light, but actions instead. My actions at home these last few weeks have spoken louder than any words I might've said, and I can definitely see the difference it makes. I don't just see the difference it made for my family, but for myself as well; I feel more free from my worries, and I feel brighter. Because of this, I must conclude that being a light for others is not really a burden, but a freeing and saving grace from God. However, it is my belief that there are times when words are the best way to be a light for others, and with those times we must be careful. Something I used to hear a lot was to only use words when necessary. This should provide us with a simple reminder to consider our words before we utter them. So my challenge for you all this week is to practice being light for our Lord. Practice using your actions over your words. Practice letting your opinions go and doing what is best for those around you. Practice being the light that others might not know exists. Your Laughing Sister, Callahan