Walking down the street the other day it felt like I had stepped into a time warp, into another world. For coming towards me was an elderly man all dressed up in his brown suit, tie and shoes. Cap on head and carrying a vintage brown briefcase. He could have stepped out of the 1960s due to his attire. But what caught my attention even more as he strode on by was his smile. Not just smiling – beaming. One couldn’t help but smile in return. He was like a breath of fresh air, a shot of espresso, a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. And all too soon he walked past me and was gone.
He seemed to not be of this world. But yet he was so very much in it. He made an impact on my day, and as such gave me pause to think. As Christians we are all charged with being a light, standing out, making a difference – to shine. Do we make a positive impact on those around us? Are we the joy in someone’s perhaps otherwise joyless day? Are we the voice of hope, the encouragement? Are we that beaming smile?
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)