You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before others.
Matthew 5: 14, 16
Light of the World
Lord you call us to be the light of the world. Not just in the world but of the entire world.
That is quite an assignment, Lord.
My self doubts cast shadows. My sin darkens my heart. My busyness and ego smudge my good intentions.
I look deep inside of me, Lord and barely see a small glow, hardly the brilliant beam needed to shine your love for others.
I can take my little flashlight and flicker it here and there.
Yet you call me, call us, to shine for the whole world.
This reminds me of the space above my kitchen sink. Boring and nondescript, I created a stained glass border.
At times the colors of the broken pieces shimmer softly across the room.
But when I turn on the illumination behind the decorated frame, colors cascade and glimmer and sparkle everywhere.
Lord be the power that intensifies my glow for you.
Take my small spark and swell its flame.
I need your power to billow my little radiance so my tiny ray reflects your love and passion.
Then I can smile and sing
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr
People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.
What helps your heart shine? What has sparked that internal God glow in your heart? How will you shine for God in the world, your family and friends and in your own journey?