“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matt. 5:14-16

I have a friend who loves all things outdoors. A few years ago, he wanted to put together a guys’ outing to a dark sky zone. Our world is filled with so many lights that there are very few places in our country with little or no light pollution. The night sky is breathtaking when you find yourself in one of those places.

The stars and planets are more brilliant and beautiful when no light competes with them. Jesus invites his kingdom people to be light in our world. He also warns us that there are “baskets” that might cover up our light. Whether it’s a shield or artificial light sources, there is a lot of competition contending for our attention.

What light pollution might you have allowed to creep into your life? Remember, the goal is for others to see the brilliance and beauty of Jesus through you. Praying the Lord’s prayer is a great way to toil incessantly for his advancing kingdom. That daily reminder helps us be intentional about how we shine.

Take a moment to pray the Lord’s Prayer and ask him to remove anything that might cover the brightness of his light through you.

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