Before the girls jump out of the car for school in the morning, I say to them, “Be the salt and the light!” I’m not sure why I started doing this, but it has most definitely become a thing. At four and seven, they don’t have their MDiv, they don’t care a thing about correct theological interpretation, or New Testament Studies. Nor do they understand the meaning of metaphors, analogies, or parables. Still, they know that being the Salt and the Light is what Jesus expects of us.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
But this daily reminder isn’t just for their sake, the minivan driver needs to hear herself say this at the start of each day as well. I really don’t want to lose my saltiness…some days I get dangerously close. I don’t want to hide my light, but I have to admit that sometimes I’m guilty of this-it’s easier, less risky, and honestly it’s in my nature. I’m not a big fan of attention, except from my heart people. For me, Matthew 5 is a call to be uncomfortable, to share more of myself than I would normally do and to enter into others worlds more often than I would like. Yes, being the salt and the light sounds good, and it is good, but it doesn’t always feel that way.
I hear you Lord, this isn’t about me. I’m called to be the salt and the light so that those around me will want to know you, and in turn, you will be glorified.