Fireflies are so intriguing! When they light up a tree it is magical and looks like a fairyland. The chemical reaction of these ugly winged beetles produces light but not heat. They glow without wasting any energy. All one hundred percent of their energy goes into making their light. The purpose of their glow is to attract, either a mate or their prey. Their light attracts me too although I do not fit either category!
Today’s verse talks about the attractive light of our good deeds. When our kindness to others is done to give honor to the Heavenly Father, we shine as lights. In a dark and selfish world our lives stand out and shine. The purpose of our light is not to attract people to ourselves, but to our Lord. We are to be open about the reasons behind our giving to others. It is not about me. It is about Him.
I often feel that my acts of love and kindness towards others do not make much difference. But even a pinpoint of light in the darkness is noticed. When He is given the recognition He deserves than my little light has a huge purpose. My focus should not be praise and recognition for myself but for Him! My light is to pierce the darkness and point others to Jesus who Himself is the Light of the world! And of course, when a group of flickering lights are together (as in the Church) the impact is that much more remarkable and beautiful!
Lord, show me how to shine for You today!