“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt 5:14, 26.
What is my “light?” Recently, I came across an article in a Christian publication that pointed me in the right direction. It said: “It is our calling to proclaim the virtues of Christ—His fragrance!”
This resonated with what I’ve been thinking about recently: what effect do I have on the people I’m around every day? What do they “taste” from me? Am I showing them the same virtues that Jesus achieved while He was on earth?
Doing good requires that I give up my pride
I work at a very busy coffee shop and talk to hundreds of customers every day, many of them regulars. I can pretty much be guaranteed that there will be stressful situations every day; it somewhat comes with the territory.
But then how do I react? Do I lose my cool over a spilled drink in the middle of a rush, or let my personal situations or feelings be a burden to every person I come in contact with?
I’m learning that doing good to all men requires me to give up something—my pride. Some days it feels especially difficult to have the right reaction. If a customer is rude, I automatically want to be rude right back. But then I have the opportunity to give up my pride and do good instead! It’s not my place to judge the others, but rather to do good to them; that brings glory to God!