“You will shine . . . like stars in the sky.”
Shining with Kindness . . .
As the sun settles low behind the horizon, I glimpse the first evening lights in the sky. A few dots of shimmer, here and there. Nothing spectacular. Just a few stars peeking through dusk.
Within a few hours, though, those same stars grow in intensity. They burn brighter and beckon from afar. They appear different from a few hours prior.
But stars don’t suddenly grow brighter. They don’t change their luminescent makeup. They’re the same as they were before. Their change in brightness comes not from themselves, but from the contrast to their surroundings.
A star shines brightest when surrounded by the darkest night.
So do we.
Jesus came to be a Light in the world.
When He lives in us, His Light shines in us. And His Light shines brightest when we live in contrast to the world.
When we invite the widow next door over for Christmas dinner, His Light shines.
When the cashier accidentally gives us too much change, and we gladly give it back, His Light shines.
When we share our “saved seats” at the school Christmas play with the tired single mom who just arrived from work, His Light shines.
Let’s shine the Light of Jesus this Christmas season with simple acts of kindness.
And let’s begin by praying together. Let’s pray that God will open doors and create moments when we can extend His grace to others.
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