Be a Light: Inspire Others

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The daily scripture arrives in my mailbox every morning via and is a positive way to begin my workday. Of course there are mornings when I don’t have time–correction, don’t make time–to spend five or ten minutes reading the Word of God and meditating on the daily message.

Here are a few lines from today’s reading and Gospel that really stood out to me. I hope they bring you some inspiration.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25
The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save. As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see now how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God’s wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach. And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Who can even imagine God having a foolish moment? Or God being weak? God’s foolishness is wiser than all our human wisdom? God’s weakness is stronger than all our human strength? How powerful He must be to transform our lives and those we touch when we find the courage to put our faith and trust in the Lord. To overcome that moment of rational or irrational fear of what if…? To stand on the cliff and feel the call of surrendering our whole self to Him.

Gospel: Matthew 5:13-16
Jesus said, ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt becomes tasteless, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled underfoot by men. ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in the sight of men, so that, seeing your good works, they may give the praise to your Father in heaven.

Reading this Gospel forces me to ask myself: Am I being a light today? Do my actions give you praise and inspire others to seek God? Oh God, please grant me the ability to shine with the radiance you gifted me, through my faith and your grace, to keep the Commandments, particularly to love God and love my neighbor. And in doing so, let me allow You to work through me to reach others.

What are you doing today to shine and inspire others?


Shelly Henley Kelly