You are the Light

Last week, I was shopping at Aldi in intensely h.o.t. weather.

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As I was sweatily putting groceries into my car, another vehicle parked right next to me. A lady jumped out of the passenger seat and came up to me. “Can I have your cart?” she asked, holding out 25 cents in exchange.

“Oh, sure!” I said, “let me just finish unloading everything.” {seeing as I had food & a kid still in there}

“Oh, let me help,” she said, and started handing me groceries. As I was putting the last bag in the car, she picked Nate up from the cart.

Now, I generally think of myself as a friendly person. But not overly friendly. And I tend to get suspicious when others are. So if you’re helping me with my food – okay, cool. But when things involve my kids – MamaBear instinct is all over the place… I thanked her and took Nate. But not before she kissed him on the cheek.

As I was deciding whether hand sanitizer was too harsh to use on my baby’s cheek, the lady on the driver’s side commented, “You’re expecting! A girl in the car, a boy in the cart, and one inside! Bless you, honey. Nothin’ can stop you!”

I smiled and thanked her, making a mental note not to think too deeply about the “nothin’ can stop you” comment.

As I was strapping my kiddos into their carseats, this thought crossed my mind:

I just attracted favorable attention from 2 ladies because of my children.

They were pleased. {pleased enough to kiss my son & pronounce a blessing on me} And wow, what a great time to tell them about Jesus & give the attention back to Him.

Both ladies were still near their vehicle, so I grabbed a Bible tract and gave it to one of them, explaining what it was about.

“Give me one too!” said her friend. So I grabbed another one and handed it over.

You know what this story is all about? It’s all about this:

you are the light

You are the Light. And God has created you to be a unique light for Him.

I live in a state, city, and neighborhood that enable me to come into contact with people you will never meet.

You have talents, interests, and abilities that cause you to see people I would never see.

Do you know why?
Because God has made each one of us unique – and He wants us to use that uniqueness to share the light of the Gospel to those around us.

“You are the light of the world.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16

The question is this:

Can anyone see your light?
or is it hidden?

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p.s. you can’t be a light if you don’t have the light of Jesus shining inside you. check this out to learn more.

4 comments

  1. Sari Stoltzfus says:

    Christa, Thanks for the reminder and challenge! God bless you for following the Spirit’s prompting and taking the time to share your faith!

  2. Laine says:

    That’s awesome, Christa! We get lots of attention and comments when we go out and it is such a good opportunity. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Jen says:

    It’s amazing the doors that open up when you have children! Thanks for the great example and challenge to me! 🙂

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