10-12-2021 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Tuesday, October 12, 2021 comes to us from Nikki Dyess of Alabama
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16
In my role as a career coach for high school students, I was presenting a lesson on the importance of a positive attitude in the workplace. A student I didn’t know very well surprised me by noting my consistent positivity and asking where it came from. Without hesitation, I answered, “Jesus!” Through this experience, I realized that we have the opportunity to shine a light for the Lord in all situations. Our actions impact each person we encounter. As Christians, this is an opportunity to reflect God’s light into what can be a dark world. This may seem daunting, but we are not alone. Jesus walks alongside us and inspires us.
Because of our relationship with Christ, we get to be his representatives and glorify God through our interactions with students, co-workers, customers, restaurant servers, sales associates, and everyone else. Small gestures like a smile and a friendly word can open the door to share our faith with others. Who knows? We may be the only friendly face someone sees that day. And thanks to the love of our Savior, we always have a reason to smile and share the source of our joy with others.
Prayer Focus: People working in High Schools.
Thought for the Day: A positive attitude can share the light of Christ with others.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank you for loving us. Help us to glorify you by reflecting your love through our everyday interactions with others. Amen.
— Nikki Dyess
Because each of us walks in the love of God through Christ, we have the opportunity to shine the light of Christ for those whose lives we encounter. We can do that by sharing a smile, a kind word, a compliment, or opening a door. Perhaps a sunny disposition or a positive attitude can influence someone else’s perspective on the world, if only for a day or so. When we offer that kind of sunshine to others, we are sharing the love that God has given us.
Can you think of a time when someone offered you a small gesture that lifted your spirits? Perhaps you can recall a time when you offered a similar kindness, and received a smile in return, reminding you that God’s sunshine is glowing through you.