Friday, December 15, 2006

How Bright Do You Shine?

I heard the song on the radio yesterday morning. You know the story. Funny reindeer with a bright red nose. No one wants to play with him. He's too different from them.

Then things get foggy and what makes him different, makes him valuable. His difference shines a light in the fog. He becomes very loved by those that follow the light.

Do you ever feel like him? Do you ever feel that because you stand by your convictions (sexual purity, abstinence from alcohol, pure speech, etc) that people see you as too different? Do you feel that they leave you out of their 'reindeer games' because what makes you different, makes you 'no fun'?


Then fog enters their lives. Something goes dreadfully wrong. A fatal diagnosis. A family member is arrested. A job is lost. The fog is so thick they think they'll never see daylight again. What do they do?

They look for a Light to guide them. They remember their 'friend' who has a funny bright shine about them. They come to you. They trust you. They know that you know the Way, the Truth and the Life. They ask you to shine your Light in their fog. You now have the privilege of leading them to THE Light.

Will you commit to remain pure during this holiday season? Will you keep your light shining as you attend Christmas and New Year's parties? When friends experience 'holiday depression' will you shine light in their fogginess?

Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message) "Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

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