You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5: 14-16
My family lives on top of a hill. When we first moved into our house, a street light at the top of our road was out and hadn’t been fixed for years. My husband called the power company to fix it, and they did. No sooner did they fix it than a neighbor down the street complained that the light was interfering with his sleep because it beamed through his mini blinds and it hadn’t done that in years. He demanded that we put out the light. My husband fought back and argued that the street light needed to stay on for the safety of those who used the road, and his appeal to the General Interest District (GID) was granted. During snow storms later that winter, we could see he was right.
Why do we hide our light? Why do we repress the gifts that God has given us? Are we afraid that if we shared our light in the way that God meant for us, people would criticize us? Would they complain that our light was too bright?
We are so used to being in darkness, in the midst of our dark thoughts, that we often don’t see what God intends for us. He wants us to be happy, so happy that others can see our radiance.
Isn’t that beautiful? And how would life be different if we stopped being afraid of what other people might say and stood up each day to let our light shine? It would be a different world indeed.