How are you letting your light shine this Christmas season? Sure, it is warm and fuzzy to go shopping for gifts for those that you love, to decorate your house with lights and greenery, and to set up displays that remind you of all the amazing Christmases you have experienced with those loved ones that you miss. All that stuff is good – but let us not forget that we are called to let our light shine for ALL to see.
Shine His Light for the person stressed out at the cash register because she has been on her feet all day and each new face brings along hurriedness all the while never really acknowledging her existence.
Shine His Light for the one whose Christmas is filled with loneliness – grief and memories that remind him of who is no longer here.
Shine His Light for the believer who is trying his hardest to keep his mask on, to show the rest of the church that he has life under control. Yet on the inside, his world is falling apart and he wants someone to talk to who won’t judge him – won’t give him mainstream Christian advice, but will hear him; someone to listen with their heart.
NewLife – there is no reason you should not be shining your light. The Light is within us – do not hide it under a bush.
Let it SHINE.
How do we do that, you may ask.
When you shop – look at the cashier and use her name as you thank her. Look her in the eyes and wish her a Merry Christmas and that her new year will be filled with blessings from God. Remind her that Jesus loves her.
When you hear of a lonely heart – talk about their loved one. Step into their grief and hear the stories of their beloved. Pray with them and ask God to comfort him as he recalls the memories.
For the believer, first take off your mask. Let the light shine on you first in the dark place. As the light shines it forces you to be vulnerable and exposed. To share how being a Christian is hard sometimes. How all of us struggle at times – but that as a family we are called to walk together, to point each other back to Christ. We expose what God has helped us through, offering hope that God will help the other through as well – and we will be there as well.
The light is not meant just to push away darkness. The light is a way for others to see us take action in our faith – to not only talk the talk – but to walk it out in everyday life.
You are the light of the world – go act like it. Go be it!