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Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (NIV)

This year, after we had our Christmas tree all decorated, we plugged it in, expecting the factory-installed lights to shine brightly as they had in previous years. But this year, they failed. Only the bottom half of the tree lit up. The top remained darkly dreary. My son, who had been helping me, exclaimed, "Mom, the tree isn't shining." There was no other course of action but to take all the decorations off the tree and then remove the factory-installed lights — no small task, since each light was securely clipped to a branch. Then on Saturday, we went shopping. Unlike the hectic shopping day before, called Black Friday in the United States, the shoppers were polite and well behaved. Shortly, we arrived home and decorated the tree with our brand new string of LED lights. Once we had plugged them into the outlet, they shone, blindingly so!

If we want our lives to shine brightly for the Lord, one way is to let our actions speak our faith in a world desperately in need of it. In this holiday season, we can easily put our faith into practice on Black Friday or on Boxing Day, another hectic shopping day, by not participating in the greedy, me-first attitude displayed by others. Just as rudeness is catching, so is gracious politeness.

As Christians, our deeds will shout our faith loudly to all around us.

Prayer: Loving God, grant us Your Holy Spirit so that everyone around us will notice the difference in our attitude and actions and give You the praise, for we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

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