Today is my birthday. When I was younger, I used to love the idea of my birthday falling on a Sunday. I enjoyed the attention I would get from other congregants as I celebrated being another year older. Ah, how age can change a person. My perspective changed a bit. I had heartache, seminary, love, marriage, kids. The world happened and seminary just gave it context.
What context? Well, Matthew 5:13-20 to begin with. Jesus is teaching on the mountain, when he gives these two little illustrations: salt and light. See, so many times I went to church wanting the attention and admiration. I wanted others to make my experience richer. I wanted others to show me the light. Yet, when Jesus uses these images he isn't talking about others being those things to us. It is our place, nay, my place, to be those things to others. I am the salt of the earth. To be worth something I need to enhance the experience of others. I am the light of the world, therefore my light should always shine in order to help others see. Kinda changes the outlook a bit.
So I have a birthday wish today. I hope the light shines for you today, and you can embrace it and shine it out for others. I hope this little message can enhance your day, and make it a little better.
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