There’s always one. In every town, this time of year, there is always one house that goes all out with Christmas lights. You know what I mean.
They have lights on everything, inside blowup decorations, along their driveway, doors and windows, on the rooftop, up every tree and around every bush.
Blinking, running, chasing lights of every color, shape and size. It’s so bright the neighbors need sunglasses to sleep and astronauts can see it from space.
It may be obnoxious…but, you know what? It draws a crowd. Every year, people still make it a point to drive slowly by. The news still features it. Kids still ask their friends if they have seen it. Why all the fuss?
Because it’s extraordinary — it’s unusual. Only a few are willing to go to such lengths to show that level of passion, excitement and celebration for the season.
Lately I’ve been pondering what it is that keeps Christians from sharing their light at that level.
The same things that keep people from putting up Christmas lights are what keep us from spreading the Light of the World. It takes extra time, it can be a lot of work, it costs energy and most of all, we’re just too busy. It’s not our top priority.
How has your family been doing at sharing your light with your neighbors, family and friends lately? Take a few minutes this week to brainstorm some ways that you could share the Light of Jesus in your neighborhood and spheres of influence.
Let’s make it our goal to be “that house” on our street — the one whose light is so bright people are attracted to it. Light it up this Christmas and share your love for Jesus with the world!
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12b