Let your light shine before others

By Jesse Strutko.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

Read that daily… Soak that into your life and know that every day we are like lights in this world of darkness and people are watching.  We may not know when they are or when a challenge comes our way, but just know God is watching us as well.

Jesus was the example and the ultimate sacrifice; but, now He has given us the task to be the ultimate witness to everyday life and the people that encounter it.  We have been given the resources and the tools to overcome stress, anger, and the trials we may experience every day as we walk this earth.

Why must we let the little things bother us so? After all, we battle the devil and the things he shoots at us every day.

We are no different than David.  We all are kings and queens who are called to lead others to the light that Jesus left for us to carry throughout this earth.  It is not for us to hoard; it is for other people to see.

The most important thing for us to remember is that we must let go of the little things that bother us in our daily life and move on.  In other words, don’t let the little things get to you.  Instead of yelling and cursing at the car that cut you off, say, “God bless you and your driving.”  Speak positively and things will be better.  Instead of letting someone’s attitude get you worked up, say, “Lord, help that person with whatever he is going through today and help him have a better day.”

God designed our hearts to love others, not to condemn others.

Remember that God wants all of us to be the ultimate witness.   He watches us and smiles every time we do a good work in someone’s life.   Let us all be lights and make this terrible time of recession into a wonderful time of compassion and kindness.  The book of Hebrews put it best: “Let mutual love continue” (13:1).  Amen.

Jesse Strutko is general manager of The Cop Shop & Co. in McDonough and all around great guy.

Published by Joe LaGuardia

I am a pastor and author in Vero Beach, Florida, and write on issues related to spirituality, faith, politics, and culture.

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