Did you see this story of Tim Tebow circulating through your Facebook feed this football season?
A Christian musician by the name of Tanner Clark shared this picture of Tim Tebow leading his co-hosts in prayer before they went on the air in Gainesville, Florida. This post was shared over 40,000 times and what I love about it is what Clark put in the caption: “Let us always remember to Be the Light!”
Here’s the thing about light: it dispels the darkness and illuminates the things around it. According to the law of reflected light, we are illuminated objects who make our presence visibly known by reflecting light to those who look our way (source: physicsclassroom.com). When the Light of Christ is present in our lives, others are immediately able to see what is in front of them. Even if they don’t recognize the light for what it is, they cannot deny its effects.
Jesus said, “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,” (Matt. 5:14-16).
And that reflected light is what so many saw when they looked at the picture of Tim Tebow praying with his co-hosts. They weren’t thinking of all the impressive statistics and he had achieved in order to be named the Heisman trophy winner in 2007. Or if his grey suit was complementing his black tie. They looked at this intimate picture and saw a light illuminating from the very One who is the light, Jesus Christ.
We don’t have to be famous or have thousands of Twitter followers to let our lights shine. We need only to be willing and able to reflect His light to those who look our way.
In what ways do you let your light shine, Friend?