Illuminating Light

Illuminating Light

We walked into the restaurant for breakfast. The room was lined with people. Our “greeting” from the host was, “There is a wait.” (I know…the friendliness was amazing **insert sarcasm**). After being told it was a five minute wait, we decided our day wouldn’t be ruined (sarcasm again) and waited. Once we were seated our waitress walked toward us rolling her eyes, shaking her head, and letting out a huge sigh. But, as any good waitress does, the second she got to our table, she smiled and welcomed us. My husband and I both giggled as she walked off because we had both witnessed her approach. I watched her do this over and over at each table. She obviously was having a horrible morning.
John and I were careful to thank her for every cup of coffee that was poured and every time she checked on us. We watched as the table across from us was particularly nice to her as well. We listened as the man behind us asked for her name and greeted her sweetly.
I looked at my husband and said, “Isn’t God good? He knew exactly which people to put in her area right when she needed it.”
It reminded me of my hostess at Panera. My dad and I go to there every Wednesday at 6:00 a.m. for coffee. Every Wednesday we are greeted by Jen. The second time we went, she noticed my name on my debit card and asked how I was related to four of my family members. You see, she remembered them from waiting on them at another restaurant that she had worked at for years. And THEN she said, who is the gentleman that is with you? I told her he was my dad. She said, “He used to come in there also. He is a pastor, right?”
In a world full of hostility, abuse, neglect, self-centeredness, hate—kindness makes a deep impression on people. I’m thankful for missionaries who God calls to go to the ends of the earth to reach the lost. I’m thankful for “world-changers” and “world-shakers”. BUT—each one of us can share the love of Jesus. We can share it in a kind word—a smile—a touch—a helping hand—many times the little things make a huge impact.
I have to ask myself if I am always letting His Light shine in my life. Am I leaving a ray of light after I walk away from my waitress, grocery store clerk, bank teller, child’s teacher, neighbor…?
Life is about relationships. Jesus came and made relationships. It’s about touching one another with hope, with love, with Joy.
Matthew 5:16 (VOICE)
You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.

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