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Friday, January 24, 2014

Carry The Light into the World

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 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 5:14-16

This was the focus verse in my daily devotional I receive in my email today..... 

It made me think about how we live our lives, and what kind of an example we are to those around us.  This topic keeps coming up in different ways in my life lately, and I have to keep revisiting it.  God must be wanting to work on this in my life, since it keeps being brought up in so many ways.

The author of the devotion said something that made me stop and think.....

There is a time for spending hours on your knees but can I challenge you to also arise and shine – go into the world and be a light;  a glory carrier.  Your light cannot shine when it stays in your prayer closet.  Even if you leave the house only for groceries one day a week you are a glory carrier.  Pray for the cashier, compliment the stock boy on his hard work.  Bake bread for your neighbor instead of complaining about the unkempt condition of their yard

The part about "even if you only leave for groceries one day a week, you are a glory carrier" really hit home to me.  So many times we leave the house, just running an errand, or running to the store, but how often to we take the time to  realize that while we are out in the public we are examples of Christ to everyone we come into contact with.  So many people around here where I live don't even take the time to get dressed before leaving the house they tend to not take pride in what they look like or what they wear (people go to Walmart in their pajamas).  We are forever being on display each time we leave our homes, as examples of Christ.  Each time we display acts not focused on grace and mercy to others, we are falling short of Gods desire for us in our actions towards others.

When is the last time you treated a complete stranger with kindness, just because you felt like being kind, or slowed down to just smile at someone to make their day a little brighter.

I want to be a Glory Carrier.... I want to make people feel better about their selves, if even in very small way.

My challenge to you is to be a Glory Carrier the next time you leave your home.  Do something kind to another, make their day better by coming into contact with you. Let God guide you in how you make someones day brighter, but do something, don't let opportunities to shine for Christ get passed you.  Make someones day better by being a Glory and Light Carrier.



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