By Debbie Christopher—A few months back, while working on an upcoming writing project, I asked our grandkids about their definition of the word light. Four of the five replied with the similar thought of ’something that helps us see’. But, our then 14 y/o granddaughter provided what may have been the most perceptive answer of all.
I could see the wheels turning in her mind as she contemplated her answer. Although I was looking for a ‘simple’ answer, she asked, “So, can it be like a person who lights our way?” I was curious as to what she meant by ‘lights our way’ and asked her to elaborate. Her response, “Like someone who walks with and guides us through life.’
What an intriguing thought!
She captured the idea that light helps us see and is used to guide us, as did her brothers and cousins, yet, she added a whole new layer to the concept of light.
Psalm 119:105 teaches that God’s word is the light that guides our way, and, as a result, we should be in God’s word---read, study, and glean from it---regularly.
”Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.”
Psalms 119:105 HCSB
But, you know what? We also need people in our lives to help ‘light the way’. We need good, godly friends and family members that faithfully follow God’s word to help us along.
You know what else? WE need to be THAT person to someone else.
In Paul’s letter to Titus, we find that the older women (ladies and girls!) are to teach and encourage the younger. Do you realize that each of us fall into both categories? We are often in the younger category that needs guidance and encouragement from our older mentors as we walk along our life path. And, we are also—much more often for some of us---the older ones who are responsible for guiding and encouraging the younger.
Find that special someone to help light your way.
Be that special someone who helps light the way for someone else.
So, Addison, you are correct, “someone who helps light the way” falls under the definition of light! Thank you, dear, for your awesome insight!
Let’s be a light to light someone’s way…