Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Go light your world.

You are the light of the world. Jesus said that about us. I'm sure most of us have heard that phrase before, but have you ever stopped to think about exactly what kind of light YOU are? I mean, there are all kinds of lights. Flashlights. Candles. Bonfires. Sparks. Lightning bolts. Romantic dinner-for-two mood lighting. Lava lamps. Glow sticks. Each light has it's own function for a specific event. Think about it: I love blowing out my birthday candles as much as the next person, but if I'm trying to study, I'm certainly not going to try to do it by that kind of light. You may not be the brightest bulb in the lamp, but if you're trying to find the bathroom in the middle of the night a 1,000 watt torch just won't do. 

What kind of a light are you? Are you a lighthouse bringing wayfaring storm victims to safety? Or are you the refrigerator light that always comes on when needed? Are you the faithful light of a spark that ignites the car engine and keeps the vehicle moving? Maybe you're the headlight that spots danger in the distance. Perchance the spotlight on the stage, encouraging others in their performance. Of course there are also the decorative but totally not useful Christmas tree lights. Yup. You guessed it. Their light only comes on around the holidays. 

What is your light good for? Who needs to see by your light? Are you brightening the room so others can see clearly? Are you lighting along the path to keep feet from straying at night? Are you decorative? Have you burnt out?

There is another thing about lights that I find interesting...the darker the place, the less light there is needed to actually see the light, but the more important it is to have good illumination to see clearly. Explanation: If you light a candle outside on a sunny day so you can see better, I would get your eyes checked. It's always in the darkest places that the littlest light shines the brightest. So if you can't notice how bright you are (in the spiritual sense, here, go with me. We're not talking about intelligence....), it's probably because you're always hanging out with other, bright, shiny people.  Maybe it's time to go shine your little light in a dark place. A place where the 10 watt night-light bulb you carry now is exactly what some one needs to see to find their way for the first time out of the darkness. Or perhaps it's just time to figure out what kind of light you are and illuminate accordingly.


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