Putting up Christmas lights is a tradition that most families enjoy doing this time of year. It makes the home festive and helps usher in the Christmas spirit. That is, until they stop working. When this happens, the Christmas cheer quickly turns to anger and frustration. If this is you, I’ve found an easy way to avoid a Christmas light meltdown…
If you’re like me, it doesn’t matter how careful and methodical you are when putting up Christmas lights, there is always going to be a problem. It may be a section of lights that randomly goes out, a blown fuse that is impossible to trace, or simply some burned out bulbs that are too high to reach without a ladder. There’s always something and if you’re the one who spent hours putting up the lights, it can be very frustrating. You don’t want to invest more hours trying to fix the problem, yet every time the lights go on you see the problem. Well this year, I’ve had a breakthrough and found an easy fix for the frustration.
Let the light be a reminder
Throughout scripture, we see God’s word using everyday occurrences to help us remember spiritual truths. In the case of personal evangelism, the Bible says…
Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
In other words, Christians are called to shine bright and be bold for Jesus in today’s world and not be hidden or dark in our witness for Him. We’ve all experienced walking into a room to turn on a light and it doesn’t work. You can’t function until you replace the light. This is the metaphor that Jesus used to remind Christians about being bold with the Gospel and living a life that helps people see God.
Now here’s where you can also make the connection to your Christmas lights. Just like Jesus used light and dark to highlight evangelism, use your Christmas lights to do the same. That’s right! Instead of viewing those dark Christmas lights as a place of frustration, let them be a reminder to you about your personal witness for Jesus and the need to always be careful how you shine. In this way, you are simply using a Christmas light problem to illustrate a potential spiritual problem. A needed reminder for us all!
This is the first year I’ve made a spiritual connection to my non-working Christmas lights and it’s been amazing! I’m no longer frustrated and I’ve even been encouraged by the daily reminder every time the lights go on! It’s great! Give it a try! You’ll find it takes much less time than trying to track down the Christmas light problem and it keeps you centered on the Lord!
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