14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
When I was little, my parents would close the door to our room after putting us to bed. The room would get so dark, especially in the winter time. But, while my sister and I were in our beds trying to go to sleep for the night, my parents were still up and moving around the house. The lights would still be on in the kitchen and in the hall, and some of that light would creep in under the crack at the bottom of our bedroom door.
Now, if I had gotten up and turned on our bedroom lights, I would not have noticed that little bit of light peeking in under the door. But, since it was the only light shining in a completely darkened room, it seemed so bright that it always drew my attention as I was trying to fall asleep.
I have heard people say things like, “I just don’t think I’m ready to go on a mission trip,” or “I’m not as strong in my walk as so-and-so, so I don’t think I’d do a good job at that.” I feel like my “light” is brighter at some times and dims a little at other times. But, no matter how strong of a glow that light casts, in darkness it is very noticeable.