Not only is it Monday, it’s Monday after the time change. What better time to stand out and make a difference?! Here’s a little checklist of ways we can shine the Light one day at a time, every day this week.
___ Smile warmly at everyone. Smile as soon as you see your spouse, your children, neighbors, co-workers, store clerks, teachers, bus drivers, and even the ones who are being inconsiderate.
___Offer sincere compliments. Thoughtful remarks warm hearts. Let’s remind others that Christians are kind. Let’s be the ones who use our speech to brighten someone’s day. “A compliment is verbal sunshine” (Robert Orben).
___Share the Word somehow. It can be done naturally. We can just slip it into routine conversations by saying something like, “That reminds me of a verse I read this morning…”
___Refrain from complaining. Everyone hears enough of it as it is. What will happen if we determine to go the entire day without voicing a single complaint? Those around us will be blessed and so will our own hearts.
___Focus on others. Maybe this one isn’t all that easy, but what an impact we can make by taking our minds off of ourselves! I’m tired. I don’t feel great. I’ve got a boatload of work to do. While those thoughts may be true, let’s focus more on everyone around us. She must be so tired…how can I make her life a little easier?
A short list is a manageable one. The things on this list aren’t rocket science, but they sure stand out. And at the end of each day we won’t regret the forethought and effort it took to look a little more like Christ.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Prayer for Today: Be with us, Lord, as we look for ways to glorify You.