What does it mean to "Be the Light" ?
What does it mean to Be the Light?
In many different faith traditions as well as in the secular world, many people are encouraged to be light to others or to bring light to others - but what does this mean?
To be the light means in times of darkness you offer hope, encouragement, kindness and compassion. In times where others are struggling you offer a way to help them to regain their glow and to shine. To see the good and the beautiful - it is in this that truth is re-established. To “Be the Light” may be to offer wisdom and guidance, or just to sit with someone, and be the presence they need. It may be offering strength to those that are in a moment’s weakness, or offering a smile and joy to someone in random parts of your day.
When I think of being the light, I think of my favorite smile, and how it makes me feel. I think of the ways other people have helped my heart to glow even brighter than it has in the past, from a kind word that is said, through encouragement, through a smile that is given or joy that is shared. In deeper relationships it is through the physical touch of someone, the love that is shown and the intimacy that is present, or sharing oneself intimately with another.
Sometimes to “Be the Light” means to carry on the torch for what needs to be completed or be made new. It may mean to give of yourself in a new way to a situation or cause or relationship you are in. It may also mean to just be still and show that nothing really needs to be said at a given time, until the time is right. “To Be the light” is to foster peace and to show others the joy that is present. It also means that you try to protect your flame from being blown out - so that you can be the light, and so that light remains. In all truth, beauty, and goodness, we are the light. In times of trial and struggle it means to illumine what is wonderful. This is not always an easy task… sometimes, we can find it beyond difficult to be the light, but, in these moments, when we focus on what is divine we are more able to be the light.
In concrete reality, being the light may be loving someone despite their flaws. It may mean helping people through situations they do not know how to overcome, it could be empowering others to overcome whatever they are facing. It could be holding someone’s hand so they can feel love and know it to be real. Or smiling at the person you are in love with just because you are in love with them and adore them. It could be reaching out to that person you have not talked to in a long time, to let them know you care and that theey have value and worth; to let them know they are not forgotten. It may be to radiate joy and celebrate the blessings that are present in life.
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