"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matt 5:16)
I was walking my beagle, Snoopy the other evening while the last light
of the setting sun colored the clouds purple and pink. I looked up to
the sky and smiled. After a minute Snoopy started pulling at her leash.
She was more than ready to head inside for a bowl of dog food and a
bacon treat. I wasn't quite ready to go in yet, however, so I knelt down
and patted her head. I was waiting for my friends the Little Blinkers to
It wasn't long either before I saw them switching their lights on and
off. They were fireflies, of course, also known as lightening bugs. Over
all the years that I have lived here they have never failed to appear at
this time during the Summer to do their mating dance of light and love.
They have never failed to delight me. They have never failed to amaze
me. They have never failed to make the world a little brighter. It has
always been such a joy too knowing that God created such wonderful
creatures that can shine their own light and make the dark meadows look
like the starry skies above. They make me want to share my own light as
well, even if it isn't that bright and even if it does tend to blink now
Robert Fulghum wrote, "I know some people who give off a lot of light.
Because they have absorbed a lot of light themselves. They Shine." I
don't know how much light I have absorbed over the years, but I do know
that I won't keep it hidden under a basket. I will shine it. I will
share it. I will use it to bring as much goodness, love, joy, and wisdom
into this world as I possibly can.
May you always shine your light as brightly as you can. May you always
share it with others as well. Remember too that God doesn't ask you to
illuminate the whole world. He just wants you to make your little corner
of it a bit brighter.
By: Joseph J. Mazzella