“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."
-Matthew 5:14-16Christians always talk about being bold and stepping out in faith to show the world the light of Jesus. How many of us actually do this on a daily basis? How many times do we say to ourselves that we are not important enough to make a difference in someone’s life? I know I am guilty of this exact thing. So many times I think to myself "I am just a college student" and maybe you do the same with where you are at in life.
Last week I went into the Buckle in the mall with my mom. This is not a store I typically step into. I usually walk past thinking, "Oh that store is for spoiled brat, girly girls." I just wanted to spend some more time with my mom before I went back to college. We did a walk through and were about to leave when this really nice lady started helping us and showed us some clothes that I actually liked. She assisted my mom and I and kept bringing us clothes she thought we might like until we were absolutely happy. When she got me a dressing room she asked my name and told me her name was Melissa. She was so polite and bubbling with energy. What we thought was just good customer service turned out to be one of God's girls shining bright for HIM.
We were just about to check out, but as we were standing there chatting she decided to show is some shirts that had faith sayings on them. It was so cool how bold she was, as she was telling us how she wore one to church. The whole time Melissa was assisting us I could not help, but to notice her cross tattoo. I really wanted to ask about it, but I thought that it could be just for looks because I know so many people like that. She was for real and it was so cool to see that. I ended up falling in love with the shirts she showed me, but that is not the point. The point is that she was not afraid to be a light and speak up about her faith. She even invited us to her church as we were checking out.
My mom and I walked out of there with our spirits lifted. She was such a blessing in my life that day. I heard on the radio the other day that we do not have to be in the NFL to have a platform for Jesus and she is using her platform of working in a retail store to show others the love of Jesus. She radiates with joy. Melissa I hope you see this because you are such a bright soul.
Remember that no matter what role you are playing you can be a bold light in someone’s life. Do not be afraid to speak up and be an encouragement.