“No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Each of us has been given a light–no, each one of us has been given a whole bank of stadium lights. Those lights are powerful individually, almost blinding when all focused in one area.
Some lights may be easily seen by all: the ability to find the exact right words for the moment; a gentle hand of comfort, or being present for another in a time of anxiety; lending your aid to another for no other reason than because you can; your wise counsel, or intellect…the list is almost infinitely long. But YOUR list is unique to you, given to you from God and enlivened by the Holy Spirit.
The lights you possess may not be evident to others all of the time, and sometimes might not be evident at all (what Jesus is talking about in the passage above, which comes from our gospel passage from the Office of Morning Prayer for today). Your lights can even be things like discretion, silence, calmness and contemplation.
The point is that you use the lights you have been given. In lighting your lamp, you bring that light to whatever dark situation in which you find yourself…lighting the way not only for yourself but for others around you. Maybe you’ll even help to kindle others’ lamps as a result.
What lights do you possess? Today, what actions will you take and how will you let your light shine forth? What will you do TODAY to glorify God through the light and life you bring to the world?