You really can’t miss one of the main ways that people show they celebrate Christmas, whether secular or religious; the lights. They’re on houses, trees, businesses and light poles. People drive many miles just to see what a particular house or street has created this year. For people of faith though, light means many things.
Light helps us see our way:
“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.” Matthew 3:1-12
Light should fill our lives:
“Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” Colossians 3:16
Light is meant to be shared:
“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.” Matthew 5:14-16
Light means hope and promise:
“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” Isaiah 9:2
Light begins with Jesus:
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”” John 8:12
As you look around you and enjoy the sights of the season I encourage you to take a look at your life. Are you shining light with the words you say and things you do? Are you teaching your kids what it means to be a light, even if that light is just about being a kind, considerate and loving person? Are you focused on the darkness around you or on what the light shows? Are you sharing a kind smile, a helping hand, a little love or even a little hope with someone? Are you giving someone a reason to smile? Are you smiling at the surprises and holiday cheer that you see? Are you sharing the message and story of the First Christmas? Are you hanging lights and decorations to bring a smile to someone?
Yes, the holiday season has created many a grump, and there are plenty of reasons to be grumpy. But I believe that being grumpy is a choice, as is being filled with Christmas cheer. Will you choose to spread light or darkness this Christmas season?