The concept of light has been on my mind these last few months, specifically Christ’s admonition to be a light unto the world. I am in the midst of my most busy season at work and planning my wedding. During this time, I’ve felt like my light has been dimming because of stress.
Two days ago, everything came to a “boiling point” when my hair appointment that I had been looking forward to for weeks was cancelled. I was so frustrated. (Disclaimer: I know a hair appointment is very, very low on the scale of life importance). This is the third time this appointment has been rescheduled, and this time the salon can’t get me in to see my stylist for three more weeks. When the salon called to let me know and then put me on hold, I hung up. I hung up because I felt so frustrated and I realized my light was gone. I was so disappointed in myself for being so frustrated that I didn’t want to have to speak to the woman on the other end of the phone because I just felt I couldn’t be loving in my response to her. I have yet to call the salon back because when I do so I want to be calm and kind.
Some would say that I have every right to be frustrated. This is the third time this appointment has been rescheduled. And I think they’re right – this is a frustrating situation. But what I don’t deserve is the right to be rude. No one deserves that right. Christ teaches us in the Sermon on the Mount that when a man asks you to go a mile with him, you should go with him twain. When someone smites you on the cheek, turn your other cheek also. This counsel is a part of the same sermon when Christ admonishes His followers to be lights unto the world.
To me, I realized Christ is reminding me that unfair things will happen in life. (Second disclaimer: I want to reaffirm I recognize a cancelled hair appointment is very, very low on the scale of life importance). We will get frustrated. But to be lights we must emulate love and kindness no matter what happens to us.
The challenge for me now is to recognize what can I do to brighten my light? The easy (and very valid answers) include reading my scriptures and saying my prayers. But what happens when we do those things and still find ourselves weighed down by the stress of life? I think the answer will come over a lifetime. I am grateful for a Savior, Jesus Christ, who will help me on this quest to become a “dim-resistant” light and to always shine bright with love.
Feel free to leave any ideas in the comments section. How do you allow your light to continually shine even (and perhaps especially) when you feel weighed down by stress?
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