What do you Reflect in the Dark?

I love doing projects with my son.  One of his favorite things is decorating T-shirts, especially when we use glow in the dark paint.  He puts his shirt on and goes into the bathroom to turn the lights so he can see it in the dark.   It’s interesting how that little light from the paint on his shirt seems to put off so much light in a completely dark room.  It becomes even brighter when his shirt is reflecting in the bathroom mirror because it’s as if there were two of him in the room.

Have you ever heard that you can be a light to your friends?  Do you know what that even means?  I think it’s a phrase that’s thrown around so often that no one really knows what it truly means.  The bible says that Jesus is the light (John 8:12), and even the slightest spark of light in a totally dark room can be seen.

When you choose to live life for God, you become a reflection of him.  If Jesus is the light, and you are doing your best to live life for him, you become a reflection of him just like that mirror reflects my son’s glow in the dark painted T-shirt.  You become a light to those around you.  One thing I know is true:  when people are in a completely dark room and get a glimpse of light, they begin to gravitate toward it.

You don’t have to be the girl who carries a bible every where you go and point out all of the wrongs people are doing.  Jesus didn’t do that, so why do we sometimes think that’s the only way to share his message?  Here are 4 ways to reflect his light in the darkness that is this world without being “preachy” or pushy:

  1. Smile when you’re walking down the hall even when you aren’t having the best day.  Sometimes your smile can make someone else’s day a little brighter.
  2. Talk to someone who is sitting alone at the lunch table.  Sure, it might not be what your friends typically do, but instead of worrying about what they think, imagine that you are the girl sitting alone at lunch.  Wouldn’t you want someone to talk to you?
  3. Only say words that are uplifting and encouraging.  It’s so easy to join in when your friends are talking about the girl that tripped in the hall way or the teacher that gives too much homework.  Try changing the subject or finding something nice to say about them.  If that’s too difficult, remove yourself from the conversation.
  4. Help someone you see struggling.  We’ve all experienced it at one time or another.  It might be someone with too many books in her hand and no hands to open the door.  If you see someone who needs help, go ahead and help them out.

These are just a few ways to reflect the light of Jesus.  People will begin to notice how friendly you are, and you’ll find more people wanting to talk to you.  If this is the way you live your life daily, people will be curious and want to know what you have that they don’t have.  You are being a light and a testimony to others without ever even using words.  Just like people gravitating to the light in a dark room, people will gravitate to the light shining from you.   I think this is one way people begin to listen when you do decide it’s time to talk about God, don’t you?

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