Let God shine always

A few weeks ago, I wasn’t happy to be making a trip back to the large menswear warehouse. The previous day, my wife, son and I made a good number of purchases. I was back trying to get a refund for three of the suits. Waiting in line it seemed I was heading down a dead-end road. The customer service line appeared to more like customer no service. I wondered if I would ever get our refund, but I tried to be gracious. 

After just over 60 minutes in line (with my feet truly sore) the manager said, “By now, customers are usually yelling at me, but you’ve been so patient.” Then he said, “Let’s try something.” He asked me some questions and punched some numbers into a cash register. After a short delay—and some amazing stories about irate customers—the machine spit out a receipt showing a refund! My suit return nightmare was over. “Thanks for being so good to work with,” he said as we parted ways. 

While I think being nice when I didn’t feel nice helped in this process, getting complete the return is not why we should show kindness to others. The real reason is that as believers in God we are to reflect the light of Him (Eph. 5:8) on everyone—whether it’s an irate neighbor, a bumbling waiter, or a department store manager. Our speech and behavior are to be a positive witness (Eph. 4:29-32; Col. 4:6). Are you facing a conflict? Let God’s light shine through. Leave a comment where your light of God shined through.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. 

See you next Sunday.

MJ

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