Let Your Light Shine

“Character,” the saying goes, “is what you do when no one is watching.”

But our technology may be making that old adage obsolete. Thanks to text-messaging, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, Instagram, YouTube, etc., there is always someone watching. So much of what we say or do is now shared instantly with others across town or across the globe. Just owning a cell phone is like having your own personal documentary crew, publishing house, and broadcast network right there in your pocket. A photo, a comment, a bit of information—once you hit “Send,” that little piece of your life is potentially available to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14). Our lives are becoming more public than ever before. Even people we have never met can get a glimpse (or more) of who we are: how we act, how we dress, how we speak, what we think, what we do, what we love. What are they seeing?

“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).