Monica’s parents visited us several weeks ago. When they came, they came bearing gifts...and not just for their granddaughters!
They brought us an antique radio that likely dates back to the 1940s or earlier. It’s a lovely conversation piece.
But they also brought us some different dishes. I can’t say the dishes are “new” because they are not new. They belonged to Monica’s Grandma Scaggiari (just wanted to see if I could still spell Monica’s maiden name).
Monica says she remembers eating off these dishes every time they would go over to her grandmother’s house. Lots of memories for Monica. But seeing them also brought up memories of my own.
I also remember eating at my dad’s mom’s house. Her name was “Muzzie.” Now when it was just my immediate family eating with her, we used one set of dishes. But if the whole family was together, then we used Muzzie’s special dishes (or I should say the “grown ups” used Muzzie’s special dishes).
These special dishes were her china and they were reserved for special occasions...mostly holidays and funerals. The rest of the time they were stored safely out of the reach of her youngest grandson.
Do you have anything like that? Something that you pull out for special occasions, then safely store away? Something that others may only see on holidays and funerals? Does that, perhaps, describe your faith?
In Matthew 5:16, Jesus says, “...let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Your faith was not meant to be a special occasion only display. Your faith was not meant to only be shown on holidays and at funerals.
Your faith is to be displayed each and every day. When people look at you on a Thursday, at 1:47 PM, they should see your faith just as clearly as if they look at you on a Sunday morning at 10:45 AM.
Don’t save the sharing of your faith for special occasions either. Don’t wait until next year’s Friends Day (August 27, 2017 FYI) to reach out to your friends with an invitation to join you at church.
The problem with waiting for a special occasion to share your faith (or let your light shine) is that we don’t know if there is going to be an August 27, 2017.
So don’t wait. Let your light shine today, tomorrow, and for the rest of your life. Remember: EVERYDAY you are alive is a special occasion!