In the next week or so, the twinkling lights that have dazzled our ever earlier night sky, the darkness of the deepest time of winter, will slowly fade as people pack up the Christmas decorations and begin preparing for the challenges of a New Year.
But, the need for shining of light is actually just as important on the longest summer day as it is during the month of December.
Notice how brilliant the Eiffel Tower appears in this night-time photo captured by my mother-in-law during her first trip to Europe recently. Even with just her iPhone and the basic knowledge of point-and-click, she managed to capture quite a few photos that reveal the true beauty of several national landmarks and treasures.
Even her pictures of the tower during the day, however, are nothing compared to the beauty of the shots taken at night, when the height and breadth of this amazing structure are outlined against the blackness like a thousand brilliant stars.
For a world living in darkness, Jesus calls us to be such a light. Our words and actions should be such that we display the glory of the gift of God’s love for us to all. We are the window to the soul of God, not just on Sunday mornings or during Christmas, but every day and in every way throughout the year.
As you search yourself for resolutions in the coming days for January 1, remember to put shining the light of Jesus at the top of your list. It may be as simple as asking one person to come with you to church one Sunday, taking food to a neighbor whose family member is in the hospital, or holding the door for somebody as you enter a building. If you are practicing the discipline of love, the Holy Spirit in you will be sure to guide you.
Shine His light in 2014. The Eiffel Tower in all its glory has nothing on the glory of the One and Only whom we serve in full knowledge of our own humble status and undeserved acceptance.