Don't hide your light!

You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14, NLT

"Aren't you going to say anything son?" "No, Mom." "As long as he stays on his end of the apartment and I stay on my end, I' m not going to say a word."

This was my son's response when I asked if he was going to talk to his roommate about a problem that was occurring between them. But rather than addressing the issue, my son thought it best not to say anything to maintain the peace.

In his sermon on the mount, Jesus shares that Christians are to be a beacon of light in a dark world. As light, he challenges them to shine brightly before others so they can be drawn into a relationship with him. But instead of shining as light, believers can hide their light from others in a number of ways, according to a footnote in my Bible:  

1) When they are quiet instead of speaking up
2) To go along with the crowd
3) By denying the light
4) By letting sin dim their light
5) By not explaining their light to others

Our children, no matter what their age, are called to  be lights for the world. So whatever situation your child(ren) is facing today, encourage them  not to hide their light, but to let it shine.

Sharing the journey,


Mother's Prayer: Father, may I always encourage my children to be a light in a dark world. Amen. 

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Jeaninne Stokes is a Christian author, speaker and Bible-teacher and writes devotions to encourage, challenge and inspire people as they seek to live a life of faith in every aspect of their lives. She also teaches workshops and seminars to help aspiring Christian writers who have answered the call to write for publication, and serves as a coach to aspiring Christian authors. To learn more about her ministry, visit her at www.JStokeswritingministries.com