“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 New International Version)
As an employment counselor, I have the opportunity to meet at least 15 new faces every month. My role is to help them to identify their employment barriers and address them, so they become more employable. For those who have experienced extensive job hunting may agree that there are so many things that are out of our control in the job search process. I can have an impressive resume, fabulous interview skills, relevant experiences, but still remain unemployed for a long period of time. Why? Who knows? That is why I feel very limited in helping my clients getting a job. I have a lot of guilt. I am very motivated to help them when I first met with them. My motivation may last for a couple months and then I simply forget about them as there are many job seekers come after them. When I realize that I have forgotten about them, I am overwhelmed by my guilty feeling again. Jesus said, “let your light shine before others.” How can I let my light shine before others when I am so forgetful and my love and care is not long lasting at all? I may do good deeds at one time with no consistency. Is this count? I believe everything counts in God’s eyes. We are imperfect and we are sinful human nature. We do bad deeds most of the times. But every time that we do good deeds with a pure heart, that counts. At that every moment that we do little thing out of love, mercy, or compassion, my Father in heaven will be glorified. Because all this small acts count, I am encouraged to do better and not be burdened by my guilt.
How are you using your influence to shine the light of Christ?