You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. (Mathew 5:14).
If you have been following the local and world news, you know that the world needs light now more than ever. Matthew 5:14 tells us that we are the light of the world. This is a powerful truth because all of us begin life full of power and potential. We all have the power to emit a light that cannot be hid, a light that illuminates our pathways and gives meaning to our journeys. No darkness or sadness can overtake us when we let our light shine. This powerful outlook on life is our gift to ourselves and to the world.First and foremost, your light benefits you. Your life is influenced by what you take in. Watch the company you keep. Changing who you associate with changes your point of reference. Your light illuminates your life’s direction. Associations with people who are not heading in the direction that you are will take you off course. Pay attention to your inner light, and listen to your inner voice. Nothing will help those who ignore their inner light. We cannot help others without first helping ourselves.
Secondly, your light is a benefit to others. You share your light with others through your words. Your words are your most powerful output. They are the gift others receive from you and are an external reflection of the inner you because they speak to what is in your heart. You do not need to produce light to give light. The light the moon gives off is a reflection of the light it gets from the sun. In just such a way, the choices and decisions you make serve as stepping stones for others to follow. They will watch and imitate you. The world is a dark place, and your encouraging words are needed. When you let your light shine by affirming others, they are able to follow in your footsteps and their life is illuminated by your words.
Thirdly, your light helps you to make good relationship decisions. These decisions should never be made in the dark. When you fail to listen to your inner voice, you walk in darkness. You need light to evaluate. People do the most harm to themselves when they lack the knowledge needed to change their current situations. Your inner voice and your inner light are one, and they will show you how to attract those that will add to who you are and what you can become.
Finally, your light influences the world. You are the light of the world, and you are that city that cannot be hid. The small changes you make inwardly produces exponential changes outwardly. The world benefits from your success. Changing you, changes the world. Success in life is an external product of internal activity. Every day your life runs on the internal program you create. Changes to the inner you are the changes that will give you the real success you desire and the real success that the world needs. You have always been the light of the world, now you must be a light unto yourself!
Timothy Houston is an author, minister, and motivational speaker who is committed to guiding positive life changes in families and communities. For questions, comments or more information, go to www.tlhouston.com.