The world needs your light
I also like how each year the Light the World campaign just gets better and better. Just when I think there’s no way next year can be better, next year comes along and proves me wrong. The Church always finds a way to take it to the next level, and this year is no exception. This year, the tradition gets a whole lot simpler. And the simple truth is the world needs your light.
I just love that emphasis for the tradition this year. Typically there is a calendar with a suggested activity for each day. This year, it’s all about sharing the light of Christ that all of us have within us. You share the light within you because the world needs your light.
Now don’t get me wrong. I thought the calendars from previous years were great. I loved them. But I find myself loving this shift to emphasize individual initiative even more. Part of that is from the highlight of “25 Days of Kindness.” There is a beauty in the simplicity of not having everyone be part of some program but rather recognizing and sharing the seemingly small acts of kindness all around each one of us.
I say seemingly small intentionally. What may seem small to us can make all the world of difference to others. Too often we discount our own power to influence for good because in our own eyes we don’t measure up to whatever (often impossible) standard we adopt for ourselves. But you don’t have your light just because it can dispel the darkness for someone. You have your light because it will dispel the darkness for someone. The world needs your light.
I also love how this year the Church combines a simpler emphasis with a notched-up professional production. The video they made to introduce the campaign this year is really top class. That’s not to say videos from previous years weren’t great. There just seems to be a professional grade quality that’s next level up from last year.
And the upgrade in quality isn’t just in the professional look and feel of the video. It’s also in the emphasis on seemingly small yet simple ways of letting your light shine. We don’t see anyone in the video doing anything grandiose. They’re doing what anyone can do. And the difference that light makes to those who receive it is evident. Again, the world needs your light.
We spend far too much time focused on reasons not to give and not to influence for good. We convince ourselves we can’t make a difference. We doubt ourselves and the ability we all really do have to dispel the darkness in the lives of others.
Yet if we reflect on the real reason for the season, we can realize that He never concerned Himself with how His actions would or wouldn’t be received. His approach was simple. He just gave. When it came to kindness, He just was. When we follow that example and simply give, we can lift our light higher and let it shine in a world growing ever more dark.
Yes, the world needs your light. You were given gifts and talents so that you could offer others the light they need. You don’t need a lot to make a lot of difference. You just need to give and let your light shine. In so doing, you’ll help others remember the real reason for the season. And that will bring you more joy in your journey.
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