As children, we may have sang the lively song This Little Light of Mine. The words are based on the Gospel of Matthew 5:13-16 in which Jesus tells his disciples that they are to be salt and light for the world. This is what we are all called to be too. We are called to be disciples in our day-to-day lives.
Children are uninhibited about sharing their faith. It’s only when we grow older that we prefer to hide our light under a bushel basket because our culture tends not to emphasize discipleship. The message in this Gospel is clear: in order to give glory to God through our discipleship, we are called to show the light of Christ in our words and deeds. This is not always an easy thing to do for some of us as inhibited adults.
Often we may think of salt and light in terms of what we do for others, and this is true, but it can be just as important not to do something, such as responding to an email attack with a snappy reply, or getting angry with the driver on the road, or swearing or using profanity, or stirring the pot to keep conflict going.