I’ve been talking about Biblical light the past few days. Do you need light in your life? Then be the light for someone else. Think about a lightbulb. When you turn a lightbulb on, the lightbulb itself contains the most light. The room gets some light, but the lightbulb gets the most. When you lean into this idea of being a light for someone else, you find that everything in your life becomes lighter, brighter, and better. There’s just something about choosing today to be a light for your neighbor; it creates for you all the light you need!
When we have an opportunity to approach someone who is suffering, sometimes we hesitate to extend kindness and reach out to them. The first thought many of us have is, “It feels a little strange and I am a bit uncomfortable.” Yet the majority of the time, someone who needs help will be happy you reached out and not perceive your gesture as strange. A few will, and that’s the unfortunate part because most do not. We worry, “What if I say the wrong thing, or what if I make it awkward?” Don’t worry about it! “What if I fail?” Don’t worry about it! Don’t fall prey to the “someone else will do it” syndrome. You be the light.
Friend, there is a blessing when you’re in line at the market and decide to pay for the person behind you or in front of you, or you’re at work and you notice that your colleague is having a rough day and you ask him why. When you recognize that someone needs help and you do something about it, you get better, too. And even if you fail, but especially if you succeed, everything else in life gets better!