Keep Your Spiritual Lights On

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Everything we do has a spiritual dimension, and not just Bible reading or church attendance. Whether we are shopping for clothes, fixing a flat tire, or just driving down the freeway, our spiritual light is on and the meter is running.

That you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. —Philippians 2:15 (NKJV)

As a teacher in a Christian college, my life has been lived in a somewhat protected culture, but my son-in-law, who is also named Dan, lets his light shine in the often brutal world of business.

Dan is a gifted manager of some six hundred large vehicles for a utility company. He works with vendors, goes to meetings, inspects vehicles . . . and he is guided by his faith in all he does. For example, he maintains his vehicles scrupulously because he knows that the safety of his workers depends on attention to such details as worn tires and brakes or burned-out headlights.

He treats his staff with respect. If he has to correct a worker, he goes in person, face-to-face, the way the Bible says to do. “I was told that you are using a company vehicle for personal trips. Is this true or just a rumor?”

When he fills out performance reviews, he tells the truth, neither all-nice nor all-negative. “I really appreciate your hard work, but your mileage records need a bit of work.”

It’s a large company, but when there is a death in a worker’s family, Dan goes to the funeral to show support. “I’m sorry about your great loss. I will be praying for you.”

Little wonder that Dan is highly respected and appreciated.

I have learned that everything I do has a spiritual dimension, and not just Bible reading or church attendance. Whether I am shopping for clothes, fixing a flat tire, or just driving down the freeway, my spiritual light is on and the meter is running.

The world is a dark place, Lord. Help me to keep my light shining at all times. —Daniel Schantz
Digging Deeper: Mt 5:13–16

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