When the stars came crashing down
In tiny pieces to the ground
I was all alone down here
Trapped beneath the atmosphere
Then I, thought somebody called my name
I spun around and caught a flame
I gave into a God I didn’t know
And now everything is falling into place
A brand new life is calling and I owe it all to graceIt’s so much brighter living in your world
Savior what you did for me
You gave me something I want everyone to seeIt’s so much brighter living in your world
Savior what you did for me
The song above is Learning To Be The Light by newworldson. It’s an amazing song that I’m sure most of you have heard. I’m sure you’ve all heard that you should “be the light of God.” You’ve probably heard it since you were little, which means you may not have ever looked into it. Lately I feel like this topic has been coming up all over the place.
See Matthew 5:14-16 for instance… “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lamp stand, and it gives light for all who are 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 in heaven.”
We can all agree that Chicago is pretty big city, right? If you look at Chicago on a light map you can see that there’s a lot of light coming from the city, shining bright enough that you can see from miles and miles away. What about a smaller city like Champaign, IL (aka the home of University of Illinois)? It’s a much smaller city, one that you’d think would look pretty small on a light map. To my surprise while driving through the farm-land about 20 minutes away, I could see light coming from the distance. I asked my boyfriend what it could be from, and that is what he replied. To my surprise, Champaign brought a lot more light to the world than I ever could’ve imagined. To put it in perspective, Chicago has a population of 2,700,000 and Champaign has a population of 86,000. That’s a pretty big difference- but light comes from both just the same! You can see it from miles and miles away.
By this point you’re probably thinking like, Alison, we get it. There’s light in the big and small. BUT it’s so much more than just that! YOU, yes YOU, no matter if you’re a pastor or a woman in her 70s or a man in his 20s, YOU can be a light to others through Christ’s love.
This doesn’t even have to be related to Christianity if you’re still a bit skeptical. You can be a light to others through compassion and love. You can touch people’s lives in ways that you couldn’t even imagine. Did you know that you’ve probably touched someone’s life in a huge way but you don’t even know it because they never reached out and told you? (Insert negative thought here about how you think that’s crap and there’s no way you could’ve done that) DELETE those self-defeating thoughts from your heads. I could name quite a few people who’ve touched me in amazing ways and they wouldn’t even know it.
Imagine what would happen if after reading this post, you went to your phone (or, even better, in person!) and told this person how much they’ve meant to you. You’d be spreading an amazing light to others, that they would then pass onto more people.
It’s a movement.
It’s more than that, actually. It’s a lifestyle.
Compassion is a lifestyle, and I hope you chose that way of life today.
Take the advice from Matthew. Don’t hide your light under a bucket. Spread your light as far as you can, because every bit of light shines bright.