Leading By Example

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

When I think of the scripture Matthew 5:16 it reminds me of one of my friends. Her light shines so bright that she exudes a certain joyfulness that seems to be contagious. In fact the very meaning of her name is to produce light. She lets her light shine before others, that they may see her good deeds and glorify God and because of this, I constantly take note of the direction she decides to take in her life. Have you ever seen a rich person and notice that others want to follow him or her? I think it’s with hopes that our being in their presence could mean some of their luck and/or fortune would rub off of them and onto you.

I’ve never told my friend this but just being around her makes me want to be a better person. I see her strong desire to seek and love God and what seems to come from that is an overflow of blessings and everlasting peace in her heart. If seeking the kingdom of heaven equals salvation and peace what more can someone else obtain by examine your good works and adapting. It’s like the old saying when God blesses your neighbor God is in the neighborhood.

I’d like to strive to be admired in the same way I view my friend but there are times that make it difficult. When I tell someone I'm a Christian I find that some people are watching and waiting for me to trip up. There have been times that I've even felt purposely pushed for a out of character reaction to arise from me. It's not always easy to compose myself. I am only human, but I have to try and control my anger or outburst so to not let anyone get the best of me. I have no idea who is watching and how my reaction will affect others. I think my choices can have a domino effect. So when I smile at someone from across the street they smile back. Who knows what a little smile could do for someone else. 

The task of leading by example can be a simple act of kindness. You don't have to be in a powerful position to lead or make a powerful change in someone's life. I encourage you to stay positive, to live as though your actions can turn someone else's actions around for the better. Like my joyful friend, let your light burn brightly for all to see and mimic and know that this could be your way to glorify God.