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chosen to be a light

Big Takeaway: God chose you to be a light.


Do you ever find yourself staring at your Christmas tree?


One of my favorite things to do during this time of year is gaze at the white lights wrapped around my tree. I love grabbing a soft blanket, sipping on hot chocolate, and cozying up on our grey couch at night to soak it all in.


It’s these simple moments that fuel contentment, peace, and joy in this season, simple moments focused on light.


Isn’t it true that our faith works the same way?


When we focus on light, on Jesus, we feel more content, more peace, and more joy. Our to-do lists, stressful circumstances, and doubts begin to dim as the image of Jesus illuminates. Those lists and stressful circumstances are there, no doubt, but in light of eternity, they begin to feel like they require less of our energy and attention.


In John 8:12 (NIV), Jesus says, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”


Then in Matthew 5:14-15 (NIV), Jesus also says, “You are the light of the world. A town built 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 others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”


I love this connection.


Jesus is the light of the world, the main guy, then we get to follow along in His footsteps and also shine light because of His Spirit within us.


Isn’t that such a sweet, tender reminder during a season with lights all around us?


When you look at Christmas lights this week in your home or driving down the road, I encourage you to use them as a cue to remember Jesus.


When you’re feeling stressed or weighed down, let the lights remind you that His light is what matters most. And if you’re feeling like your light is dim, remember God chose you to shine! Because of Jesus, you can do just that.


Reflect: Let’s get practical. You may be thinking, “What does it mean to really shine? How do I apply this? What if I don’t feel shiny?” I totally get it.


Shining bright means allowing Jesus to work in your heart so that you can love as He loved.


Love can take many shapes and forms. It can look like showing patience toward your co-workers, friends, spouse, or kids. It can look like showing compassion toward someone going through a hard time. Love can look like buying someone's meal.


With that in mind and given your unique personality, gifts, and talents, how can you rely on Jesus to help you shine light and love into the world this week?

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