By Josh Kerby
Do you ever meet random people who you thought were just incredible? People you thought were amazing for no apparent reason? This happens to me a lot at work. No matter what job I am working, I always meet people who just make my day, bring a little light into my life, give me hope for the day. It’s incredible how little interactions can make someone’s day. The cool part, it not only happens to us, but we also do this to other people.
“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.” Matthew 5:6
Letting your light shine doesn’t only mean telling everyone about Jesus, but living the way Jesus lived. Jesus lived with joy, grace, hope, love, and the list goes on. When we let our light shine, we make people’s day. Sometimes it’s the joy in our lives that lifts people’s spirits or the love we show them. This love, or joy, isn’t from us, but from God. It’s the light God put within us, shining through. We have to want that light to shine. We have to allow it.
I think sometimes we get so bogged down with life that this light is muffled out. When you are in a city, you can’t see the starry night. I think this happens to us in life. The things of this world muffle our light. This happens to me a lot. I get so caught up in the minutia of life that I forget my real purpose. When I lose sight of my purpose, my light fades. The joy disappears, the love isn’t as strong, and I just simply care less. What if we started approaching life differently? Not focused on our careers, our house, our things, or even our families as much and begin to focus solely on being that light. How do you think that would affect our lives, and the lives of others?
There are two important times in someone’s life, the day they are born, and the day they realize why. I think we look to fulfill the ‘why’ portion with things of this world, like our careers, house, things, and family. Our purpose isn’t for this world; it’s living for God. If we start there and let our light shine, it will trickle down to everything we do in this life. If we put all our focus on living for God, the things we do in this world won’t drown our light. In fact, our light will be magnified by the things we do.
Those people that make your day, they are the ones letting the light shine. They aren’t worried about the little things in life because they are letting the light shine on it. They are letting joy, peace, and love fall upon everything they do. Every word they speak and every action they take is done in the light. This week, start living in the light. Stop getting worried about the little things in life, but focus on shining the light. Those little things will disappear. Your interactions with people will be real, filled with true joy and happiness that has been smothered in perfect love. Will you join me this week and let that light shine? Will you join me this week and be that person that makes people’s day by just letting the light shine? Will you join me in living for God and not for the world? You are a light, so let it shine.
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