I used to hear people say, “Lord willing” and cringe a little because it seemed like such a cliché. But as I have gotten older, I have to admit those words now often come out of my mouth because they remind me and others that we are ultimately experiencing only the things that God allows
Arianne got Levi two of these powerful little LED lights that can clip on the visor of your hat or on your belt. Then you aim the light to where you need illumination. They are really powerful little lights that can really allow you to see in spite of the darkness.
What is interesting about them is that they aren’t like a flashlight that also illuminates some of the surrounding area. These LED lights are focused on where you aim them and they don’t really light up anything else.
Of course, you can turn your head and the beam will light up other things. But by having such a focused illumination you are more likely to stay focused on your task and not become distracted.
I’ve been thinking what it means to be a focused light for people in my personal world.
It means being one person they know who is all about their need, not about my own. Who makes the time to listen. Who doesn’t just ask, “How are you?” But who asks a second and third question to see if that obligatory “fine” answer they gave is really how they’re doing.
God says in Matthew 5:14-16,
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Being a light means always treating people, as the Bible says, “with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). Not “turning off the light” by making them feel condemned or put down.
Now, I try to be transparent with you and I have to admit, this is something I am working on.
Why is it that when I buy something I need and set it down without putting it where it goes, five minutes later I have no memory of where I put it?
But, when someone is rude to or hurts one of my loved ones,
well . . .
let’s just say I have a v e r y l o n g memory.
Being a “light” is remembering their birthday and checking on them when they’re sick. That mea ns being there at the hospital, the wedding, and the funeral.
It means you drop what you’re doing and offer starts praying with – not just for – the other who needs to feel God’s presence.
So maybe you want to ask yourself what I ask myself:
- Do people around me see me as “safe”; the “go-to” person when it’s dark, when it’s cold and when it’s lonely?
- Have I lived my life so that when they hit a wall, they’ll think of me as a place to turn for comfort and support?
- Am I the light on the porch when people around me are feeling lost?