Last night my pastor reminded us that we need to be the light. It is easy to jump on the complaining train, but as followers of Christ we are called to be different; we are called to be the light in any and every situation.
Matthew 5:14-16 -“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.
You walk into a doctor’s office and they are running way behind. The waiting room is filled with complaining and rude people. It is easy to get caught up in all the grumblings, but instead of joining in, try to be that one person with a positive attitude.
My pastor shared a story that dealt with this exact situation. Instead of spouting off some of her own negative feelings about having to wait, she chose to pull out one of her Christian books and began to read. One of the loudest grumblers noticed her book and they began a discussion. Then another lady joined in and then another. The attitude in the room began to change when the people began to remember who they were.
Who they were?
Yes, who they were.
You see, when we are faced with circumstances as those above, it is easy to forget who we are. It is easy to run off at the mouth because the situation or circumstances are just wrong and everyone knows it. It is easy to forget who we are and who we represent. However, in every situation we have a choice to make. We can join in and vent our frustrations, become one of the crowd, and contribute to the darkness or we can choose to be the light in the situation by remembering who we are in Christ. Everywhere we go we represent Christ. What kind of message are we sending to the world, if we act just like those in the world? We are called to be different. We are called to be the light.
Proverbs 1:15 -My son, do not walk in the way with them; hold back your foot from their paths.
Next time your faced with less than pleasant circumstances, I hope you remember this little illustration and it helps you to remember who you are and how you are supposed to act and react.
Be blessed and be a blessing,