It’s not always easy to be you is it? Life is full of challenges, obstacles and hardships. The truth is that every day we have a choice to make: am I going to live my life in a way that benefits the world, or am I going to drag the world down with me? I love these verses in Matthew 5 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?…You are the light of the world–like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket!” (verses 13-15).
Somehow the ocean remains salty day in and day out. If you asked the people who were alive in 700 bc, they would tell you that the oceans were salty. Ask your kid brother who drank the ocean while swimming at the beach this past summer, and he’ll tell you it’s salty. Day in and day out the sun rises. Even if it’s a cloudy day, peek behind the clouds and you’ll find the sun. The sun never really goes anywhere, the earth just rotates so part is light and part is dark at all times.
Nether the ocean nor the sun were given a choice if they wanted to be salty or bright, they were just made that way. You, however, were given a choice. Sure you could choose to lose your flavor or light and murder people with your words and actions. But what fun (or good) would that ultimately be? And even if you think it would be fun for you, the other person won’t be having any fun because of your tasteless words and actions.
I encourage you today to be salt and light. Share what you said or did to make the world a better place below!