But now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. Ephesians 5:8
Rudyard Kipling told the story of how he suddenly found himself a guiding light to an old woman living by herself on a hillside opposite his home. He had purchased an old farmhouse on a mountain slope in an unsettled part of Vermont. One day he and his wife tramped down through the valley to the tiny house on the other side. There he met the old woman. "Be you the windows with the light across the valley?" she asked. She told them how much their light meant to her. Then suddenly in apparent concern she asked: "Be you going to stay and keep your light burning or maybe not?" After that day, Kipling remarked, they always kept the light burning in their window and even removed the curtains so more light would shine out.
We Christians must always remember that we are light in the Lord and that, whether we are conscious of it or not, someone is being guided by our light. It is this truth that Jesus wanted to impress on His disciples when He reminded them that they were the light of the world. Only eternity will tell the full story of how others were guided by our light and depended on it. This light is revealed in our smile, our lips, our life, our sympathies, our simple confession of faith, our charities, our evident love, in the things we shun, in the things we pursue, in the helping hand, in the willing foot--in fact, in our total life.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, so direct my lips and life that I remain a light to others. Keep me ever in Your light. Amen.
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