In an attempt to stay fit and healthy, I try to work out a couple of times a week. I can't say I always enjoy it, especially since I almost always workout first thing in the morning and it can be awfully hard to get out of bed that early. However, every morning that I work out there is a guy at the gym who is always positive. And not the annoying, "how are you this happy and awake right now?" kind of positive; he is genuinely positive in a very likable way. He is friendly, knows everyone's name, makes sure to ask how you are doing and actually listens to your answers. From what I can see, he is extremely well-liked and respected. I know that he attends church and is a Christian, but when I see him"in action" so to speak, I believe he is truly living out his faith.
In Matthew’s gospel we read, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Mathew 5:16). Sometimes, it can be challenging to identify how we let our "light shine.” However, I think it is critically important to shine in the small things. To be caring and generous in the day to day.
Yesterday, I was working in my office when the phone rang. Our Office Administrator answered the call and, although I couldn’t hear both sides of the conversation, I could tell that it was a wrong number. In that situation, I would have simply told the person on the line that they have the wrong number and hung up the phone. Not our Office Administrator. Not only was she kind and gracious with her response, she asked the person who they were trying to call, looked up the number and gave it to the person calling. Just a little thing… a little thing that shines brightly.
I know these examples may seem like very small things but they demonstrate how our words and actions can positively impact our community; they set us apart as light in our world. As Christians, I believe we need to prioritize others by focusing on the way that we accomplish the little things in our daily living.
"You are the light of the world. A town built 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. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16