You are the light of the world…Matthew 5:14
What does it mean to be the light?
This is a question thas has been on my heart over the last few months.
How can I be the light at home, in my community, or with strangers?
There is a lot of darkness this year. A lot of pain. Much suffering.
I know within each of our hearts there is a call to help. A call to mend what is a broken. A call to carry the weight for someone even if for just a short amount of time.
I’ve seen how light works. When I was a young child, I remember having to get upstairs from the basement. It was pitch black. I was scared. The darkness meant uncertainity and fear.
I recall sprinting up the stairs and staring as my shoes lit the way. They were the classic light up sneakers.
Through this light, I felt a wave of calmness. My path was laid before me and I could carry on without anxiety.
I think this is what it means to be the light.
To be the light is to scatter the darkness.
To be the light does not mean to be a small flickering candle.
Being the light, is like being lightening piercing the night sky.
Light is powerful, it collides with anything in its path.
Loving others is to be the light.
When we love others we put ourselves out there in a very vulnerable place. Love requires sacrifice. Love can lead to pain. Just like light, when we love there is a sharp contrast with darkness.
I think to be the light in our modern world is to recognize the humanity in each other.
To be the light, is to call others by their name and to recognize their gifts.
Instead of trying to think how can I be the light, lets think about when we felt the light shine on us.
To me this has been most apparent in my life, when I am called by name.
When light shines on others, it sees them for who they are and not a numerical value.
Recognizing and appreciating the gifts of others is essential in building others up.
In the passage above, Christians are called to be the light of the world.
To be the light means to love deeply, call others by name, and recognize their gifts.
We all have the ability to be the light.
It is our choice if we will choose to flicker or pierce the sky.