As we were leaving our time of worship Sunday, our six year old Kathleen took hold of my hand while walking to our van. She said,  “So lets go on our date!”
“What would you like to do?” I asked.
How grateful I was that she was looking forward to our time together. At her request, we went for a treat and then discussed her need of pants.
“Do you want two pairs of new pants or would you rather get more clothes at Goodwill?” I asked.
She replied, “Goodwill!”
 We headed to the check out and our cart was full.
“Kathleen, would you hang up the hangers on that rack please?” I asked.
She gathered hanger after hanger with a slight grin on her face and made sure they were hung just right. The gentleman next to us began to praise her and pointed out character traits. He told her that she displayed orderliness and diligence. The cashier overheard him and also began to praise Kathleen also. She even thanked her  for helping her with her work. For some reason, the blessings didn’t end there.
The cashier said, “You can pick any sucker and I will pay for it.”
Kathleen continued her task with a growing grin. The gentleman finished his purchase then went over and gave her a handful of his change.
 “You are a good helper!” he said.
 Kathleen was in awe. Something simple she had done had impressed these adults so much that they chose to bless her with gifts? When we got into the car, Kathleen prayed and thanked God for getting all that she needed and for the people that were so generous to her.
As a mom, this all reminds me of how even in the simple things, families have the opportunity to shine and bless people. A genuine smile to a waitress, saying please and thank you to someone, holding an open a door, letting someone else go first, or putting things back where we found them–shines so brightly in this dark world.
Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world- like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see,
so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Let’s let our lights shine today!