As Ones Who Let Their Light Shine
From 1984-89, I had the privilege of staying close to Elizabeth Kasiti, my grandmother. To raise money for my personal use, I engaged in activities like burning charcoal, growing various kinds of vegetables, and rearing pigs. Since I am not good at keeping money, I gave it to my grandmother to keep for me until I needed it. She graciously agreed to do this for me.
To make sure no one else got into the money, she gave me a small bag made of cloth with a thin rope to tie it up. I dropped the money in the bag and tied it up. She asked me to come up with a secret sign which would help me know if someone had gotten inside the bag without her knowledge. Whenever I brought some money to add to the bag, I first checked my secret sign to make sure it was the way I made it. Then I counted the money to find out if any was missing. I always found the bag still tied up as I had left it and the money still the same amount. Even though she could have opened the bag and taken some money without my permission, she didn’t because of her integrity. I was amazed at this honesty. She was a light in my life.
“You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
Benson K. Amugamwa
Query for Reflection
Is your life a light to the world?
Record the different ways you have been a light to the world today. Call a friend and ask how he or she has let their light shine, and be an encouragement to one another.
Lord, I pray for Friends everywhere to be a light to the nations, to their community, in their homes and places of employment. Wherever they are, may they be living witnesses to your power and grace.