“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Influencer. You-Tuber. Trend-setter.

We live in a world that promotes those who desire to promote themselves. Empires are being created that are not based on trying to sell a product but on creating a charismatic persona that connects with as many people as possible. With the right hashtag, catch-phrase, or camera angle you can distinguish yourself from 6 billion other souls and companies will pay you to market their products. It’s a good gig if you can get it.

But what we are beginning to see as time marches on is that such people have a short shelf-life. Everything they do is intentionally designed to create more exposure for themselves. Now don’t get me wrong. Social media has an important place in my life and the life of the church (today more than ever). There is a benefit to using it in the right way and it can be very helpful. Yet the influence of the average social media star isn’t designed to go the distance. It actually has limited impact. They’ve received all the reward they could possibly receive.

We as followers of Jesus are called to live a different kind of life. What we do in this life can go farther than we could possibly imagine.

Listen to what Jesus says:

“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” Ephesians 5:8-9 NLT

With everything that is happening, with all of the darkness we are seeing, what we need now more than influencers are those who are willing to be people of light. We need people who are not looking for fame or notoriety but who want to honor God by helping the people He has created. Those willing to love their neighbors, their churches, and the most vulnerable.  What’s so ironic about this is that these kinds of good things, even when done in secret, always leave a bit of light in their wake. This kind of light inspires others and compels others to live in a selfless way. It can conquer doubt and move people to sacrifice in faith rather than live in fear.

In the coming weeks it will be the small acts of kindness, the tiny sacrifices, that will begin to color our experiences. We are going to have opportunities to help people in ways that only a few months ago would have been unheard of. These simple deeds will carry with them a weight that will send ripples throughout our communities for years to come. A roll of toilet paper, a bag of flour, even a single diaper can change a life in so many days. Each good deed that is done is like lighting a small candle; it may not seem like much at the time. Yet as more of these candles are lit, they will light a path that will lead others to a place of hope.

May you use your light to bring peace to an anxious world.

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Mike Adler

Pastor

Palm Coast Community Church

Love God. Love People. Live it Out.