June 17, 2024

The Church Mouse: Lighthouses and Our Light

“Even so let your light be shining before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.” – MATTHEW 5:16

I like lighthouses. I have visited a few and I have a very nice collection of them. One particular lighthouse that I have in my collection, is a night light in my bathroom. The other night I noticed that the light was not burning.  

I figured that light bulb must have burned out. So I found a new bulb. I removed the old bulb and put in the new one. NOTHING happened; the light still did not burn! I checked, yes, it was plugged in. I even plugged the hair dryer in to the socket make sure the breaker had not blown. The hair dryer ran fine. So I decided that the replacement bulb must be bad. I removed it and took it to another light that used the same size bulb. When I put bulb into the other light; the bulb worked. Humm, I wondered what was wrong with the lighthouse because it would not work? 

I was ready to take the lighthouse off of the shelf it was sitting on and put it away…when I saw something. Now, I felt really silly…yes there it was! One of those little roll switches in the cord.  I rolled the switch and presto! The light came on. 

The light won’t shine if it is not turned on, will it? You know, that is kind of like us Christians. We can be the very best person we know how to be, but the Bible tells us that we have to be turned on to Jesus in order to be able to lead others to Him. 

But just like the night light; our light will not shine unless we’re plugged in and turned on to God.

We do that by praying every day, by studying the Bible, by attending church every week and then obeying God. When we stop doing these things, we get unplugged from God and our light won’t shine.

So, we stay plugged in to God if we want our light to shine.


“Father, help us to always be tuned into what you want us to do. Help us to let our light shine so others can see that we are working for you.  In the name of Jesus, our Savior we pray.  Amen.”

Work hard; Pray harder! 

The Church Mouse