How To Let Your Light Shine


Floyd Hammer and Kathy Hamilton were honored at the White House Monday afternoon by President Obama.  Also in attendance at the ceremony former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara.

So who are Floyd and Kathy?  What did they do?  And why were they honored? 

Floyd and Kathy, a retired couple, are farm owners from Union, Iowa.  They founded a nonprofit organization, Outreach, that delivers free meals to hungry children in more than 15 countries, including the USA.  They created this organization in 2004 after returning from a trip to Tanzania where they saw first hand many children dying from starvation and other hunger-related diseases.    Their organization also works to provide food, medicine and education.

So Monday the Hamiltons were the recipients of the 5,000th Point of Light Award.   President Bush established a Daily Point of Light award in 1990 while he was still in office.  More than 1000 of the awards were given during his single term in office as the nation’s 41st President.  The award recognizes people who are making a difference in the world.  And it encourages millions of others to serve and volunteer in their local communities, as well as nationally and even internationally.

The vision of “Points of Light is that “One day, every person will discover their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant, participatory societies.”  Their mission simply stated is to ”inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.”

All of that sounds a lot  like Jesus’ characterization of his followers.  You remember this section of His famous Mountain Message? 

“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.” (Matt 5:14-16, ESV)

Christians are to be points of light in a sin darkened world.  We are commanded to “walk as children of light (Eph. 5:2).  To be a “guide to the blind and a light to those in darkness” (Rom 2:19).  And “to shine as lights in the world in a crooked and depraved generation” (Phil. 2:15).

For a light to accomplish its purpose it must be seen. Light is Meant to shine.  To shine brightly.  To shine conspicuously.  To shine constantly.  To shine usefully.

Folks it does no good to “curse the darkness” and fail to be a point of light.

I may not establish a non-profit organization to feed hungry children of the world.  But I can do good and let my light shine in my neighborhood.  My community.  My church family.  Who needs help?  A meal?  An encouraging word?  Transportation to the doctor?  I can be a point of light to that person.

For some of us there may be greater opportunities through non-profit organizations.  Local Rotary clubs. Kiwanis clubs. Or Lions clubs. We may be able to volunteer time. Donate money.  Or share a special skill.  Each of us can let our light shine in our own unique way.

This week in our Vacation Bible School, I am seeing adults and teens serve as a point of light to young children with excited, wide eyes, eager minds to learn, and tender hearts that are being directed to the light of God’s Word.  Each one in their own way is serving.  Sharing.  Shining.  Make a difference in the life of a little child.

You may never be invited to the White to receive an award.  But could there be any greater ministry than to be a point of light guiding people to Him who is Life, Love and  The True Light of the World”—the Lord Jesus Christ?

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman


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2 responses to “How To Let Your Light Shine

  1. Valerie

    As Christians, we are given the priveledge of being invited to “God’s House”, where we accumulate the fuel of knowledge and edification to help ignite our lights…then go forth into each day and be a beacon to others, for the cause of Christ, our Light!

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