Let your light shine before others - on not being a moron (Matthew 5:16)

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 5:16

Thinking today about how many of us (me included) live lives we cant be proud of, at least in some sense. That is, if I had a good Christian friend who had as bad of road rage as I get (seriously... these people drive like morons) then I would be ashamed to tell others he was a believer. I certainly wouldn't hold him up as an example of what believers are to be.

A friend of a friend's wife got mad at me one day playing rugby years ago. She blew up at me and I have little respect for her since as it was a relatively petty thing to get frustrated over (at least this was my view). Anyhow, a month or two ago I saw her running a red light and my thought was, "This lady is just a jerk to everyone around her."

Later on my ride home right after seeing this, I ran a red light and then when someone almost hit me I got angry with them and then considered getting close enough to scrape their car to let them know I didn't appreciate it.

What is that?

That's shameful hypocrisy is what it is. Normally in life I can drive like an old man, and in doing so I relax myself and others are relaxed around me. I drive responsibly and do not take unnecessary dangers. Finally because I drive slow I can be courteous to others around me. But here I fail miserably. I get the right away if I'm on a bike, on foot, or in a car. And EVERYONE needs to yield to me - or at least that's how I drive.

Anyhow. All this to say that it's fascinating that I can really not have a problem with anger basically ever, but this one area of my life is something in which I am not a light to the world. I want to be proud of how I live and the example I set of what a man in love with the Lord is like. Normally I am proud. But I've got some area for improvement for sure.

Let your light shine. But be tuned in that when you're light is out because you're being a moron you're not lighting the way for anyone.