Have you ever played Hide and Go Seek in the dark? How about Four Corners or Cops and Robbers?
All these games have one thing in common.
In order to win the game, you have to maneuver your way through the dark to find what you’re looking for.
I don’t know about you, but I find “walking through the darkness” to be pretty tough. I stumble around, tripping over stationary objects. I might run into a wall or two. I typically don’t end up winning.
We live in a world of darkness.
We can either spend our days trying to blindly find our way through the darkness, or we can let the light of Christ lead our lives.
Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." (John 8:12)
Just like our Father is the light of the world, He bids us to follow His example and be lights for Him. Why? So that they might see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven. (Matthew 6:16)
4 Ways We Can Be Lights for Him
Just like it’s vital for a soldier to gather the necessary items before going into battle, we too should put on the armor of God, read our Bibles daily, pray fervently, attend church, and memorize scriptures. All these things will help prepare us so that we will be ready when we step out onto the battle field.
Remember that people are watching
Am I saying to act like a hypocrite when you’re around people? No, not at all. But remember that while you’re at the grocery story, someone is watching you. While you’re pulling through the drive through at Starbucks, someone is watching you. While you’re dropping your children off at baseball practice, someone is watching you. You never know who might be looking, so remember to put on the fruits of the spirit and always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within you.
Put on a happy face
We have the cutest children’s book. It’s a precious moments story about a sad clown who “put on a happy face.” It’s adorable! Just like that clown, we, as Christians, should “put on a happy face.” Smiling through trials, doing our best to show that yes, we’re still hurting, but we’re still trusting and peaceful because we know the Lord holds our future in His hands. If you know me, you know how much I believe in the power of a smile. I talk about this more in my devotional book, “Hidden Treasures.” Just the smallest smile could be all a person needs to brighten their day.
Be a “light-catcher”
In order to be a light for Christ, you have to have light, right? So, be a “light-catcher.” Make sure that the things you’re doing are things that are bringing glory to His name. You’ve probably heard the saying “you are what you eat.” Well, how about the one that goes “you are what you read?” or “you are what you watch, what you look at, what you do.” What you put inside your mind will come out in your thoughts, words, and actions. So, let’s make sure we’re putting light in our hearts and minds. Let’s be “light catchers” for Christ, so we can then share His light and love with others.
My entire “brand,” my whole purpose with my stories, is to share the light of Christ with others.
This world is a cold and dark place, and it’s only getting darker.
Let’s try our best to be lights for Him in the midst of this darkening age.
Let’s be “light-catchers” together.
Aleigha C. Israel
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