We are obsessed with lights, especially this time of year.

Think about the Christmas spirit that warms you when you see the freshly decorated street posts all aglow.

And the famous lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City which marks the “official” Christmas season. (Or at least the holiday shopping season…)

And who could forget the famous scene in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation where Clark Griswold nearly blinds his neighbors once the garage switch is flipped illuminating the house from outer space?

Lights are powerful, sunshine, and purposeful.
And so are you.


Often during this time of year, we tend to be extra generous, especially with our financial resources–gifting our mail carrier, hair dresser, and even the person behind us in the Starbucks line.

But God calls us to be lights all of the time, not just during this festive season of generosity (and commercialism).

Just as you position each and every light around the branches of your Christmas tree, God has strategically placed you with your own unique wattage in your respective family, workplace, church, community, etc…to shine for Him year-round, wherever you go, sunshine.

My highest hope and prayer this holiday season is that long after the tree has been removed and the lights packed away until next year, you embrace your calling to be merry and bright–sharing joy and love– throughout the remaining seasons of 2018 and beyond!

Happy New Year, sunshine!

“14 And you, beloved, are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop
cannot be hidden. 15 Similarly it would be silly to light a lamp
and then hide it under a bowl. When someone lights a lamp,
she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair,
and the light illumines the entire house.
16 You are like that illuminating light.
Let your light shine everywhere you go,
that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere
may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest,
may see your devotion to Me
, and
may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.”
Matt 5:14-16
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