Do you realize that just by walking into a room you cause the atmosphere of that room to change?
Bet you didn't know you had that much power!
Think about it.., your boss, your friend, your family member enters the room in a really foul mood (it's always them and never us.., right?). What kind of a change does that cause in you? Do you avoid them, try to see what's wrong? What is your response? By their very entrance into the room, they changed the atmosphere.
You are the light of the world. A city 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. (Matthew 5:14-15)As a Christ follower, I carry the light of the Lord Jesus with me every where I go. By carrying His light into a dark room, I can immediately change the atmosphere of that room. In fact, it is my responsibility to allow His light to shine through me no matter what my situation may be.
How seriously do I take that responsibility? On a day when things are going my way - not a problem. But how about when things are going badly? Let's face it. Life is hard. We don't always feel like Mary Poppins dancing and singing around the house. Sometimes it takes more than a spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down.
How can you change the atmosphere in those difficult situations?
- If you've messed up - show those around you how a Christ follower responds to messing up. Take responsibility and do the right thing.
- If you've heard bad news - show those around you how a Christ follower responds to bad news. Choose faith over fear.
- If you've hurt someone - show those around you how a Christ follower responds when hurting someone. Ask forgiveness and seeks to make things right.
- If you've been hurt, show those around you how a Christ follower forgives. Forgive even if they never ask you to.
You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)I am able, because God is able!
How will you change the atmosphere today? Let the love of Jesus shine through, no matter what comes your way!