Faith, Friendship, Relationships

Day 31: 6 Ways To Brighten Up Your Neighborhood

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The History of the Jack O’ Lantern

Happy Halloween! I’m getting costumes together for our annual party at a friend’s house. Such fun!

This is our last day. You have done it! 31 days discovering what it means to be radiant. I hope you are learning and experiencing all the many facets of God’s brilliant, radiant truth.

Jesus is the light.

His light shines on us.

His light changes us.

His light shines through us to change the world.  Amen.

Today, we are finishing it up with a few practical ways to shine our light to the world, our world.

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16, NIV

I believe that my neighborhood is my mission field. Your’s too. It is the very location where God has placed YOU to share His Good News. To shine His light.

Eleven years ago, when we were praying over which house to call our home, I remember asking God to lead us towards the house, around the families, in the community that need Him in just the ways we shine Him.

Here are a few practical, real-life examples in shining His light in your neighborhood:

  1. When someone new moves into your street, bring them a tasty welcome goody with a invitation to church.
  2. At Christmas, take your darling kiddos in that red wagon and deliver Christmas goodies to your neighbors with an invitation to one of the Christmas programs at your church.
  3. Spend some time getting to know your neighbors- more than just their first/last names. Be ok to be a part of their lives. Be confident in your ability to set boundaries.
  4. Be available and willing to help with the mail, watering flowers, and keeping an eye on things when they are away.
  5. As you walk or run or stroll or bike around your neighborhood, smile.  Look people in the eye. Be kind. Resist the urge to build a fence around yourself.

And, a few more to shining His light in your school:

  1. Mention to your child’s teacher that you are praying for him/her.
  2. Make a “First Day of School Survival Kit.” On the first day of school, meet the teacher with a bag/box of goodies (apple, water, school supplies, Starbucks gift card, chocolate, pens, etc). Include a scripture and note that says you are praying for him/her. Oh, heads up: this only works in elementary school.
  3. At Christmas, give a small gift of appreciation. It doesn’t have to be pricey. And, this one works even for upper levels. For example: last year, I emailed each of the middle school teachers a $5 Starbucks Gift Card. Then, my son wasn’t embarrassed to deliver them and this gift-giving opportunity wasn’t overlooked. And, the same with end-of-school year gifts.

Shine. Radiant shine. It’s a beautiful thing to behold.

I have enjoyed it, friends. God has changed me this month. I pray He has done a work in you, too. I look forward to meeting up here again with you. Let’s let our lights shine!