“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Light is a powerful symbol of the gospel that we see daily. I gravitate toward spaces that have a lot of windows and doors because they are so full of natural light! Sunshine reminds me of the warm-and-fuzzy camp feeling that Greystone gives us all. I love just sitting outside when the sun is shining and closing my eyes and soaking up the warmth that the sunlight gives me.
But sometimes, the sun doesn’t shine for a while; in my small college town, the winters are bleak, and days are often cloudy. Sometimes days go by in which the sun remains hidden by clouds. It is in these days that my mood drops, and I lose the positivity and light that can usually be supplemented by seeing natural sunlight. The warm-and-fuzzy feeling is much harder to be felt these days.
There are some points in our lives in which we feel like we’re covered by clouds. We might be going through troubles with a friend, having a hard time with schoolwork, or feeling overwhelmed with the tasks on our plates.
But… there is good news!
Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” God is calling us to shine our light before others so that they may see that light and use it to fuel their positivity and brighten their spirits. In shining our light to others, we in turn receive light. Making someone else smile will undoubtedly make you smile too. That is the coolest thing about sharing God’s love; by sharing it, we get to receive it!
Jimboy always says that kindness is currency. It is safe to say that in using kindness as currency, we are shining God’s light into a world that is so often covered by clouds. Today, or tomorrow, or whenever you feel like you’re having a rainy day, try and commit an act of kindness; give someone else that warm-and-fuzzy sunshine feeling. I am sure that you will feel the light of the Lord in your heart if you do!