“For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8
I am privileged to spend part of my busy week with some wonderful people. They just make me smile by their very presence and the light that shines from them. Matter of fact, as they leave my office, more times than less, the last thing I say after telling them that I love them is to “Go, and let your light shine!”
You never know when your “light” will overcome the darkness in someone else’s life. I spoke with a friend whose Mother is in an Alzheimer’s unit. He said, “She doesn’t remember who we are, but she just sits and smiles.” I told my friend that his Mama was still letting her light shine!
Once, while visiting a friend living in an assisted living facility, a resident who lived down the hall stopped in and offered a cheery, “Good morning!” My friend shared that when the resident had first come to live at the facility she was bitter about being placed there and rarely even smiled. My friend said, “I decided to let her see Jesus through me and every day I returned her anger with understanding and her harsh words with kindness.
Now, she stops by every morning with a smile! I can’t change the world outside these walls but I can show love to her and teach her about Christ while doing so.” That is what I call letting your light shine!
Our scripture today reminds us what the Apostle Paul told the Christians at Ephesus. He reminded them that as believers in Jesus, they were no longer walking in darkness but were “light in the Lord” and should live like it. As Christians we are to live out our faith by bringing the good news of God to a world of people who are stumbling in the darkness of sin.
God has called each of us to reach out to others with the love of God and to bring light to someone each day. Has God placed someone in your life who needs to see the light of the Lord? Are you ready to shine for Him? Think about it!
PRAYER TIME: Please pray our nation and world as we fight COVID-19. Remember the businesses and those out of work. Please pray for Henry Barber, Tayla Potter, Kathy Byron, Edna Johnson, Edwinda Shealy, Eddie Plemmons, Harold Triplett, Butch Triplett, Bill and Ann Williams, Donna Cole, Carol Raimo, Jim Coffey, Earl and Nancy Trexler, Tom Trexler, Mikey Pitts, Rene’ Goines, Jeff Joines, Louise Greene, Pat McNeill, Kathy Pennell, Eddie Bentley, Nancy Bentley, Butch Pitts, Ann Greene, Matthew Ford, Mary Hicks, Peter Floistad, Bob Miller, Rachel Moody, Teri Graham and her parents, Marshall and Doris Edwards, Adam Lewis, Lisa Abernathy, Wendy Estes, Sharon Pitts, Marilyn Crisp, Reba Moretz, Maxine Sparks, Brian Helton, Jill Dixon, Jim Greene, Stanley Coffey and many unspoken requests, for our Military, our Nation and leaders, and a ray of hope for those in prison.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO: My friend Marshall Edwards, Margaret Hardin, and Susan Craig, on March 12, to Jan Karon and Shirley Thomas on March 14 , to Todd Phillips on March 15, to my Grandson, Ayden Knight and Judy Heustess on March 16, and to Linda Craig and Sandra Church Lewallen on March 17. May the good Lord bless you all in His most wondrous and serendipitous way!
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: “Blessed is he who comes to temptation well prepared!”