“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.” (Matthew 5:14-15)
The sight of a shooting star fills most people with a sense of awe and enthusiasm; it shoots across the sky leaving a trail of light behind that is awesome and beautiful. What would it be like to have others think of you in the same manner as you pass them by, or in the way that you interact with them? I think God looks down upon us and is very proud of the way each one of us (shines!) and expresses our love through glorifying Him; there are many ways, and shining your light is just one of them! Christians are the light of the world; Ephesians 5:8 says “For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!” Simply put, we should be a light to others in our attitudes, words, encouragement, and compassion as a testimony of our authentic faith and trust.
“The one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Romans 12:8 ESV)
I love surrounding myself around charismatic people, and associating with an enthusiastic crowd because they are contagious; when one person has it then everyone wants to share the same love, laughter, and optimism that shines through them. Our light is meant to be seen by everyone. We should be the same whether we are at home, at work, shopping, or in church. Despite our troubles and heartaches, we can maintain the light of God in our hearts because we have learned to rejoice in all things and at all times. Our faces should shine with the glory of God, so that we can build each other up and encourage one another.
"For you are all children of the light and of the day, and do not belong to darkness and night." (2 Thessalonians 5:5)
Just like the light that is left behind from a shooting star, Christians should bring warmth and delight to others, and shine forth as a bright light by providing inspiration, laughter, and assistance. Something magical happens when we put our focus on encouraging and making others shine; not only does it just feel good, it brings great value and joy to those around us. :)