"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matt 5:14-16)
When I was a boy every summer I would spend a wonderful week at 4-H
camp. It was always so much fun. Delicious meals were served in the
dining hall three times a day. There were fun classes to go to in the
morning and sports and swimming in the afternoon. There was a friendly
competition between the four tribes for the spirit stick all through the
week. And there were long nights spent lying awake, laughing, and
talking with our friends. We seemed to sleep only a few hours a night
but we were enjoying ourselves too much to be tired.
At the end
of the week we all gathered together at the final council circle. The
campfire in the center was carefully tended until it blazed brightly,
lit up the circle and flickered off our happy faces. Songs, cheers,
skits, challenges, and laughter would fill the air as the night went on.
Later the awards for the week were given out. Everyone got something to
take home and cherish as well as a tiny candle to hold. At the very end
of the night the person who was awarded the spirit of the camp would
take his candle and light it by the last embers of the dying fire. Then
he would light the candles held by the people around him who would in
turn light candles held by others until everyone of us held a little
light in our hands. As the camp ended we all walked out into the night
with our own little fires beating back the darkness.
those nights makes me wonder what this world would be like if each of us
tended our own fire. How great would it be if we all fed the fire of
goodness within us? How beautiful would it be if we all let our love
burn bright? How wonderful would it be if we all shared our light to
help others beat back the darkness?
God gave each of us a fire of
love in our souls. It is up to us to tend it, though. It is up to us to
turn it into a brilliant blaze for all to see. It is up to us to share
its light with the world.
By: Joseph J. Mazzella