Light isn’t what you see; it is the very element by which you see everything else. When you walk into a dark room and flip on the switch, you don’t really see the light as much as you see the coffee table let that’ll kill your toe or the edge of the wall that will take out half your face. The light allows you to see reality, to see what’s really happening.
For us to respond to God’s call that we be the light of the world would, therefore, mean that we dispense light upon the people and things around us. We are not to be praised for being visible light; rather, we are to bring praise to those people and things upon whom and which we shine.
The light isn’t the glory; it’s the brilliance of the person or object seen due to the light.
Don’t be the critic. Be the light.
Don’t be the Scrooge. Be the light.
Don’t be the Bible-banging, Scripture-quoting Pharisee. Be the light.
Don’t be the accuser. Be the light.
Don’t be the naysayer. Be the light.
Life and light is always about how good we can make others appear. And feel. So, we have a lot of good work to do.
Be the light.