At this time of year, we decorate the outside of our homes with strings of lights, spotlights, lighted wreaths and manger scenes. Inside we put lights on our Christmas tree, add them to our fireplace mantel, staircases, collections of Christmas keepsakes and nativity scenes.
Many of us enjoy driving around neighborhoods to see the Christmas lights on other homes. Some neighborhoods have Christmas light contests between neighbors.
Some have gone to great lengths to find the light. The Magi traveled many miles following the light in the north sky because they knew it was pointing to the baby Jesus.
Light Gives us Peace Mind Throughout the Year
- When traveling down a dark road there is a sense of comfort when we see lights in the distance.
- We might put a spotlight on the American flag.
- When we go into a dark room, the first thing we do is look for the light switch.
- We feel more safe parking our car near a lamp post in a parking lot.
- We invest in good functional and decorative lighting in our homes.
- Babies are often fascinated and delighted by toys with sound and light.
- As children, there is a sense of security when a light is left on in our room at bedtime.
- As we age, we put a nightlight in the bathroom so we can safely get there during the night when duty calls.
As you can see, people naturally gravitate toward light. During this season, you may have more opportunities to BE THE LIGHT to others. As Christians, we are representing the ultimate light; Jesus Christ. Let His light shine through you toward others. Then those around you will be impacted by His message of love, light and hope in a world that sometimes appears hopeless.
How to BE THE LIGHT? Just be nice!
- Thank the person at the checkout counter or the server at the restaurant for working during this crazy retail time of year. You will balance out all the people who are rude, short-tempered and impatient.
- Let the other person have the parking space you both wanted. Give them a genuine “Merry Christmas” shout-out instead of what someone else may shout.
- Offer to help an elderly neighbor set up or take down their outside Christmas decorations.
- Send Christmas cards with a personalized hand-written note inside.
- Rather than text or email, set aside time to make phone calls to family or friends that you haven’t spoken with in a while.
- Bake some Christmas cookies to give to your neighbors and tell them that you appreciate having such nice neighbors.
- Take the high road in a potentially confrontational situation. It costs you nothing to just let it go and change the subject.
- If you don’t already, start a habit of saying “I love you” or “I really appreciate you” to friends and family members at the close of a conversation.
Being intentional and letting your light shine will result in smiles, good will, and people thinking “There is something different and special about that person.” They may even say out loud, “What is it about you? You’re always happy. I admire your optimistic outlook. Where does your joy come from?” They may be looking to find light in their own lives and will subconsciously be attracted to the kind of light that you are projecting.
How then do you respond? You might say a quick “Jesus please give me the words for this person” before you reply. By simply sharing how your joy comes from the blessings and miracles that Jesus has demonstrated in your life, would be enough of a seed to take root.
Depending on the situation and time available, will determine how much of an in-depth conversation you can have at that time. Your job may just be to plant a small seed. Others may be put in their life to water that seed. What’s important is not to hide your light, but let it shine for all to see and be comforted by. When you’re fulfilling your calling by doing God’s will, you can’t help but be happy and grateful.
The calling of All Things Possible Ministries is to unite the community to bring help and hope to families in medical crisis. Doing that mission and doing it well, makes us happy and grateful that God trusts us to care for His people in need.
If you trust us too, please consider an end-of-year donation to help us continue the mission that the Lord has placed on our hearts. You can be the light to patients going through life-threatening medical situations but who don’t have the means to pay for equipment or treatment. Partnering with All Things Possible Ministries in this way brings warmth, security, hope and light into the lives of the families we assist. We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity, so donations are tax deductible.
Keep in mind that we were once in the dark ourselves. Lost and wandering until Jesus put someone in our lives to show us His light. After all, the reason for the season is not about what we can do on our own, but about what we can do through the blessings that Christ has given us.