"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."
This Little Light Of Mine, I'm Gonna Let It Shine.......how many of us learned that song as children? It is one of the first I can remember learning. I didn't completely understand what the song meant, but I sure did love it! (Still do, for that matter.) However, I did have an example of that song in action. There were many people in my life whom I saw practice their faith, but the one who stood out most to me was my grandmother, Ruby Louise Watkins Aycock.
Seeing Grandma read her Bible, study the lesson and make the plans for what she was going to teach to her Junior Girls Sunday School class, and practice the piano for the music in church made a deep impression on me. But what made the biggest impact on me was watching her throughout the community. I have seen her taking food to someone who needed it, collecting funds for charity, praying with others, and simply taking time for others. She lived her faith and that inspired me to want to live my life for Jesus. We never talked about it, and I do regret not telling her what an influence she was in my life. Watching Grandma serve God by serving others is probably the main reason I accepted Christ as my Savior at an early age.
Although I am nowhere near as capable or as giving as Grandma, I still believe that service to others is a vital part of my faith. This time of year is when people seem more generous and giving, and a time when we become more aware of the needs of others. I hope each person who takes the time to read this will also do what they can to reach out to another...in the name of Christ. It doesn't have to be a financial gift, or any type of material possession. Sometimes all a person needs is for someone to listen to them and take an interest. A smile may be more than adequate. Whatever you have to offer: money, warm clothing, blankets, time...it all makes a difference in the life of someone. Not only does it affect the one who are reaching out to....you just never know who is watching and the impact you are making on them.
This is a favorite song that I hope each will listen to and LIVE:
GO LIGHT YOUR WORLD
God bless you all,