You Are the Light

"You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world...If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you {there} shine!

Matthew 3: 13-16 MSG

I have to be honest - I've struggled this week.

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When I was a little girl one of my favorite things to do was sit at my beloved grandfather's feet and listen to him tell stories about his childhood. My grandfather is a true Frenchman named Pierre (seriously, does it get any more French than that?) who grew up in Paris. Because of his tales I fell in love with France before I had even set foot on its soil. By the time I finally made it across the Atlantic Ocean, I was a goner. My heart belongs to France, and Paris is at the very center of it. 

The Parisian people have been some of the kindest and most compassionate people I have ever met in my life, and my heart aches with them. This week I have mourned for all of the darkness in the world. There have been lots of little things, too. All-in-all, it's just been one of those no-good, very bad weeks, and it's only Wednesday. Frankly, I want nothing more than to crawl under the covers for the rest of the week and take myself out of the game.

But now more than ever, crawling under the covers isn't an option. It's precisely because there is so much darkness in the world that we have to be the light. We were put on this earth for such a time as this.

In such a time as this, it's easy to get sucked into the news and read all of the articles. If you're anything like me, when I watch the news and read all the articles, I get a huge pit in my stomach and I worry. And while worrying feels like it's doing something, it's not. 

What is doing something is praying. Let's boldly ask God to show us how to be his light. Let's turn off the news and love our neighbors. I don't fully know what it means to be God's light, but I am willing to let him use me, and I think that's what counts. I think being the light looks different for us all. I'm willing to jump in, get messy, fall, and get back up again, all for the kingdom. All so I can be his light.

I'm ready to be the light because he says I am. Sister, you are the light, too. Let's shine together. The world needs us.