I want to start out with one of the verses that stood out to me this week: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven. (Matthew5:14-16).
We are called to be beacons of light. We are called to bring others closer to God, not ourselves. How do we bring others closer to God? Be a light, do good deeds and glorify God. Can we hide a city that is sitting on a hill? No, its lights at night can be seen for miles. If we live for Christ, we glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. Here are some examples how we hide our light:
1. Being quiet, when we should speak
2. Going along with a crowd
3. Denying the light
4. Letting sin dim our light
5. Not explaining our light to others
6. Ignoring the needs of others
Be a beacon of truth, don't shut your light off from the rest of the world.
Since we are talking about cause, let's start out with the definition:
Cause- A person or thing that gives rise to an action, phenomenon, or condition.
When talking about not dimming your light, number six stands out to me ... ignoring the needs of others. So many times we wait for someone else to fill the need that God gave you the eyes to see. So many times God says to us, "Step out." On my trip to Haiti, I saw brokenness, I saw poverty, and I saw people losing hope. No matter where you go, no matter the country, no matter the city, no matter the town, we all desire a future.
The second day in Haiti we were taken on a tour of the House of Blessings Sewing Center, where a man named Chris had a vision of helping create jobs for the Haitian community. God placed it on my heart to empower the women of Haiti by helping them with their dream for their future. Then God gave me a vision of placing a salon in Haiti, teaching the women how to run a business, as well as, me learning more of the Haitian hair culture.
I let the vision sit for a moment then quickly thought “How would this work, God?” All the questions started rising and I began thinking with the fleshly side. “Im not sure, God.” With a quick response I heard God say, "I gave this vision to you for a reason." In that moment, I knew! God was giving me the eyes to see what He sees and speaking to me about working through me to fill a need. All God needs is for someone to say "I can" ...even if your mind wants to say "I can't." My cause is to help others empower others. I cannot make these things happen... but I know God can. Will you stand with me and help build the Haitian community? Pray that God sends the resources we need to be able to empower the women of Haiti.
My dream is to be able to see the women of Haiti dream. On the last full day there, Mark and I took a walk around the building to see where we could place a salon within those walls. I envisioned women empowering other women and making them feel beautiful. I also saw a future generation rise up and help the next generation dream. I could see the women give back to their communities doing haircuts for the families in need. God gave me the vision but I know I cannot do this on my own. But, God has placed me in a community of prayer, love and support, and together we believe the future is bright for Haiti!