A few weeks ago, I had a "dad-week" with my two younger kids, both daughters. Of course, the rules were a bit different when dad is alone in the house (sorry babe). As the evening rolled around, and our night-time cuddle around that night's movie came to a close, my youngest asked about a Night Light. It was a rather strange request at 7 years old, for she had never asked for one before. (I smelled an agenda brewing, but thought I'd play this one out.)
I informed her that we didn't have a Night Light, but I could leave the hallway light on. Then she made her request, while trying not to grin to big... "Could we get our own Night Light by putting some lightning bugs in a jar tonight." While it was already past her bed time, she smiled at me with her big beautiful eyes and I agreed to her request.
Later, as I was tucking them in bed with their lightning bugs flickering in their glass jars, one of them dreamed aloud... "wouldn't it be great if we could make light, just like these fire-flies. Then, no matter where we are, we could have light." I have to admit, pretty cool concept.
In Jesus' most famous sermon (the Sermon on the Mount), he actually says we are that light.
“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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)
While the fire-flies lit up my daughter's life, we are told we are to be that light by what we do, so others can see our Heavenly Faith and praise Him.
SO....... the Simple Challenge for the day... BE LIGHT!