Yesterday I was blessed to be able to spend 5 hours driving back home from Columbia, SC alone – just me and my truck! It would stand to reason then that I would have conjured up some great revelation or antidote after all that great thinking time. Well, that’s just it. I am really stuck this week on the whole idea of being salt – of being all in. My thoughts actually moved a little bit to Luke 14:33 – the cost of being all in, but I am not really sure that I am ready to write anything about that!
So, today, I continue to think about being salt and being light. I wish I could write today and say – here is what this means, here is the practical application of this lesson, of this encouragement. However, the best I can come up with is to impact for good those who are directly in your path. Don’t hide it, don’t put it under a basket, but shine and do good to each person you come in contact with. Remember earlier in the week, I mentioned my sister-in-law and the job she does with the chorus. Here is a practical application of someone doing all they can to make those around her better. I am sure that on some days her students may not agree with this, but she gives everything she can to bring out the best is those students. That’s one way to be salty.
So I apologize if today seems a little redundant, however, I think it’s worth repeating – remember “Are you really listening, really listening”. So, study your life today and look for ideas and ways you can be salt and light! If you don’t mind share it in the comment section on the blog.
13“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.14“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither 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. 16In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.New International Version (NIV)
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.14-16“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.The Message (MSG)