My friend used to say, “It’s better to burn the candle at both ends than to go out half lit.” As a person who tends to get up early and also stay up late (and not get drunk), I appreciated the saying.
I also like to apply the saying to our Christian walk. We need to shine our light in the material world as well as the spiritual world. The way we do our physical work impacts the spiritual effect we can have on our co-workers. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Our Christian values should be very apparent in all that we do. At a church we attended in the past, there was a man whose prayers were inspiring. I was looking forward to what I might learn from him. However, I encountered him in a business situation, and found him to be rude and inconsiderate. As far as his Christian walk, he was going out half lit.
Whether it’s passing on our values to our children, interacting with our fellow Christians, or rubbing elbows with the community at large, that consistent “light shining” reveals God at work in our lives. Our living witness then brings glory to God.
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