Feb 2, 2011

We'll shine together

courtesy of Rebecca Puig

Matthew: 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."

I was just thinking how important it is to let your light shine.  Don't let others discourage you and get you down.  Don't let your schedule beat you up; even if life is hectic and crazy, take the time to shine your light on others.

A kind word or a small gesture of generosity can brighten anyone's day.  Maybe it's sending a hand-written letter to a friend in another state, or just calling to tell your parents you love them.  Maybe it's doing something that was someone else's responsibility, but they're overloaded and you have some spare time.  Small thing make the biggest difference.

Vacuuming your room?  Vacuum your roommate's while you're at it.  Picking up your dry cleaning?  Offer to pick up your sister's too.  See?  Nothing too crazy.  I will never forget when I was working at the salon and my coworker brought me my favorite Starbucks drink.  He remembered exactly how I like it and it literally made my entire day -- not just to have my chai latte, but that he was thinking about me.  Also, my Mom threw me a really awesome surprise birthday party in 7th grade.  I was so shocked!  She had my best friend divert me by inviting me over to her house, and then we were going to go to the local yogurt shop to get some ice cream.  Mom called to get them to stay open late and had my crush, a guy six years older (go figure) who worked there work the event.  I walked in and was thrilled to see him, but was even more excited when my friends all popped out from behind the counter.   I didn't see any of it coming!   The fact that she took the time to plan it all made me feel so special.   (But isn't that what moms are for?)

There are plenty of distractions in our lives, especially with finances, relationships and our careers to get in the way.  But an easy way to forget about your own troubles is to think about what others are going through.  Maybe they're stressed at school, they're going through a break up, or are unhappy with their career path.  Maybe something great happened for them but you've been too down on yourself to notice or really show a proper congratulations.  When you stop thinking about yourself, you're able to touch the lives of others.

In any event, we all have lights that shine brightly.  We all offer something different, and perhaps your light is what someone else needs to see clearly in their life.

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