My beautiful and fiercely independent, “little” sister, Abbey, wrote me earlier this week about some thoughts God had put on her heart. I had to share with all of you! She lives in New York City, in an atmosphere that is so different from what a lot of us in the Midwest experience. But I’m so proud of the woman she is becoming by being intentional in her spiritual pursuit. Love you, Abs.
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
I woke up this morning after a long, tiring weekend. As I routinely hopped on the crowded subway, prepped for another long week, I thought to myself how I couldn’t wait to get to work and just get through this day.
At 50th Street, a group of people got on the train and made their announcement. As usual, I assumed they were asking for money for food, and I began to feel guilty that I didn’t have any cash and that I really just didn’t want to deal with that this morning. However, this group simply announced that they were gospel singers, and they just wanted to brighten our day.
They began singing “This Little Light of Mine.” It wasn’t the most beautiful rendition I had ever heard, but they sang with so much love and passion for how they felt that I began thinking, “Why can’t I make that kind of impression on people I come across everyday?” To have the attitude that I’m gonna let my light shine and show Jesus through not only my actions but also my overall temperament. I don’t need to go out and hop from subway car to subway car singing gospel tunes (although it wouldn’t hurt) but I do need to think more about how I can make Jesus glow out from myself like a constant beacon of Christ’s love.
Today, let us ask our Father to place the light of Christ into our hearts so that those around us will see Him clearly and desire to know Him too.