Summer is synonymous with sunshine. For our summer vacations, most of us seek out places where we can spend the day outside in the sunlight. It just feels refreshing to be out in the sunlight instead of under the fluorescent lights of a classroom or an office. Even though I tend to avoid peak sunlight hours during the summer (when we’re down in Florida with my family, I always hide inside for a few hours after lunch), I love getting up early in the morning to watch the sunrise and I love pausing in the early evening to watch the sunset. The warmth of the summer sun on our skin invokes almost innumerable feelings; it can heat us up into a sweaty mess, it can motivate us to work harder, it can warm us to the core, and it can bring a rush of fond memories. The summer sun is a light that inspires so much joy.
Whenever I think about light that is inspiring, I always go back to my favorite passage about light that is nestled in the Beatitudes of Mark 5.
“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
While Jesus is the light of this world, this passage reminds us that we are called to reflect Christ’s light into the lives of those around us. We should do this to such an extent that those around us praise God. We should do this in a way that rivals the summer sunlight. This week, shine the love of Christ and the grace of God into the lives of everyone around you.
R. H. Karn