Wednesday Word 2.19.2020

Matthew 5:14-16 New International Version
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Whether we realize it or not, we are on display every minute of the day. You are on top of that hill and there is no bowl big enough to cover you. Your behavior is being observed at all times. What do people see when they see you?
There are moments when the feedback I sense from people I encounter is an affirmation that, in that moment, the light of God’s love was able to shine through. There are moments when things aren’t going so smoothly that I realize I missed a perfect opportunity to reflect that love. All too often there are times when anxiety or fatigue or impatience are in full control, and my tongue betrays me and dishonors the God I love. In those moments a very bright light is shone on my weakness. My behavior had failed to be a witness to love and grace, but instead was clear testimony to just how foolish I can be.
If I am going to be a Christ-follower, then I have to realize that it means all the time, everyday, in every thing I do and say. I have to own up to my dark behavior and learn to sink into those bad habits less and less. I have to credit the Savior who loves me for any light that comes through and learn how to respond to the world in ways that will let that happen more often. When people see me, I want them to see a person filled with light. I want to be a person filled with light…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki