• Amber Albee Swenson

Be the light!

The radio announcer asked the godly young woman how she liked Bible college. She replied, “I feel like a candle in a well-lit room.”

During his ministry, Jesus didn’t stay in one place for too long. He went from town to town. Sometimes the people liked him and wanted him to stay. Sometimes they asked him to leave.

It is easy for us to stay in the cocoon of Christian friends and activities at church. When we feel crushed by the weight of the world and politics, our Christian friends can fan our flame.

But we don’t want to get so comfortable we forget to let our light shine in dark places. Helping a Christian brother or sister is important, but so is being kind to someone unaccustomed to kindness. It’s nice to talk to the friendly neighbors, but the grumpy neighbor needs a friend, too.

Jesus said, “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).

Practically speaking, we are the light when we refuse to grumble about Covid restrictions, but instead look for ways to thrive in our adaption of ways to stay connected. We’re a light when we refuse to call names or belittle anyone God has placed in a position of authority no matter how much we disagree with him or her. We are a light when we remain calm during political turmoil, knowing God is still on the throne and will work through or despite whoever is our next president. We are a light when we seek out ways to help people or jump at the opportunity to do so, even when we are a little weary ourselves. We are a light when we forgive and offer grace to those who have hurt us with their thoughtless words or actions. And we are a light when we show genuine care for those who have been careless.

Continual unrest and uncertainty have left people impatient, unmoving and unkind. There’s never been a greater need to shine the light of Jesus.

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