June 1, 2010 I published the last issue (at least for a while) of Girl Talk my teen girl magazine. Since this blog was originally designed for the purpose of publishing weekly devotions for the magazine and later the magazine itself I decided to create another blog that isn’t connected to Girl Talk.

I’ll probably still publish book reviews or other items here now and again but you’ll more often find me at Trusting Him with Today. I hope you’ll stop by

Feb 3, 2007

Let Your Light Shine Part 3

Matthew 5:16
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

It seem that no sooner that the words came out of Alicia’s mouth that she saw a bright, steady light in the distance. As the light came closer towards her she heard a voice calling her name...I’m so glad to see you Alicia cried as she hugged them, thank God you had a light because my batteries are dead.

The light you burn is not just for you, your light gives others hope.

In the story Alicia’s light went out. However, K’deidra had a light and because she let her light shine she was able to lead Alicia to safety. It was K’deidra’s light but at that time Alicia needed it more than she did.

I have had more than one experience in my life where I needed someone else light to guide me, to give me hope. None comes to mind so much as a few months ago when my beloved mother died. I was devastated and after only one week off, I had to face a class of 26 fourth graders. I would have been totally unable to cope had it not been for one of my colleagues stepping in. She took over everything except my classroom duties. She made sure all of my copies were made, she did most of the final exams for the grade level, she even spoke to my students when their behavior was more than I could handle. Everything she could do to assist me she did, without ever having to be asked or even expecting thanks. This went on for at least two months until I slowly began to come out of my grief stricken state.

At that time my friend didn't try to help me with a lot of comforting words, that wasn't what I really needed at that time. I knew my mom was home with Jesus, but I was missing her here on earth. My friend let her light shine by relieving me of whatever burdens she could so I was able to do what I had to do. At that time I needed the light that she let shine into my life. It ministered to me, soothe me and let me know that someone cared.

This is what God requires of us as Christians. We are to be an example of Jesus Christ here on earth not just by our words but by our deeds as well. We do this by letting our light shine where ever there is a need and trying to influence the world around us in a positive way while not allowing ourselves to be influenced in a negative way. As the world watches us and sees the life that we are living then it will draw them to Jesus Christ.

Stay tuned for part 4

part 1
Part 2

1 comment:

eph2810 said...

Amen to that, Bernadine :)...We should sometimes witness in our actions and not just words. God will give us the 'green light' when it is time to talk about our faith to someone who doesn't know Him yet...

Looking forward reading part 4.

Blessings on your weekend and always...

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