Carolyn Clark grew up in Australia and presently resides there with her family. She is a teacher affiliated with Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Recently she ministered at our church.
The message she shared had a two-fold purpose:
1) To get us to see the big picture and not focus simply on our little part of the world.
2) To remind us to shine our light wherever we go.
Carolyn used Matthew 5:14-16 where Jesus told his disciples to be the light of the world. How are we to do this? The same way light works in the physical world.
- Light pushes back darkness. Whenever you turn a light, darkness flees.
- Light illuminates. It shows what is hidden. You can't see what is in darkness until you turn on the light.
- Light shows the way. You know where the next step is when the light is on.
- The light can't be seen when it is covered up.
Our presence in the world shows the light of Jesus. It doesn't have to be a difficult thing. We don't have to get preachy and beat people on the head, or “go for the jugular” as Carolyn put it. Just be a light. Be kind. Be helpful. Be gentle. Let the light out and people will want to know what it is.