December: Be the Light

December 01, 2017

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.

Flip on a switch and light chases away the shadows.  Smile and you brighten another's day.  Do a kind deed and love fills a heart.  Light penetrates darkness.  Always.  Without exception.  There are many silently hurting, lonely, tired, frustrated, discouraged and looking for hope and help.  They feel their light slowing diminishing within until only embers or a trail of smoke remain.

Be the one who stokes their fire with love and kindness.  Strengthen the knees that are weak and the lift up the head that hangs down.  When we look outward our own challenges diminish even if but for a moment.  Be the Light to others and your own will shine brighter. It's not about how much you have, but how much you love.  Every act of service matters.

The following prompts are from LightTheWorld.org.  25 ways in 25 days!
  1. The next time you receive a text today, tell the person who sent it something you appreciate about them.
  2. Think of someone who is an example of Christlike service. Highlight their example on social media.
  3. Donate blood today. Your selfless service can save a life.
  4. Which one of your classmates or coworkers do you know the least? Eat lunch with someone new at school or work.
  5. Offer a prayer of gratitude for Jesus Christ and His mercy.
  6. Find a way to help someone in need by making a small donation. Consider the list of Giving Machines charity partners at LightTheWorld.org. 
  7. Think of your family members. Offer to clean their room, or perform some other act of service.
  8. Share a scripture with a friend or a loved one who may need a boost today.
  9. Think of a close friend or family member. Invite them to do an ornament swap, so you have something to represent each other in your respective homes.
  10. Cheer someone on! Make plans to attend an event (holiday, athletic, cultural, etc.) to support someone you know.
  11. Call your parents right now and tell them how much you love them.
  12. Interpret how you feel about Jesus Christ by creating art, a song, a poem, or some other creative outlet, and share it with a friend or loved one.
  13. Write an anonymous “thank you” to your boss, teacher, or leader and let them know what they do well.
  14. Plan a one-on-one activity with a friend, a child, or a loved one.
  15. Invite someone to attend a Christmas worship service with you next Sunday.
  16. Learn about one of your ancestors and share their story. Need help? Visit FamilySearch.org.
  17. Take a vow of positivity today. Greet everyone you see with a smile.
  18. Think of someone for whom you’ve had negative feelings lately. Try praying for them.
  19. Make a list of all the things a mentor or teacher has done for you. Send it to them with a note of thanks.
  20. Visit a small business and meet the owner. Consider, if appropriate, leaving them a positive review online.
  21. Think of a single parent you know. Invite their child/children over so the parent can have some time to do Christmas preparations, or other errands.
  22. Ask God how you can be an answer to someone else’s prayer today.
  23. Think of a neighbor you don’t know very well. Bring them some homemade goodies or a thoughtful gift.
  24. Deliver a “reverse wish list” to a parent. Write down all the wonderful, meaningful things they’ve provided you with throughout your life.
  25. Merry Christmas! Think of all the things the Savior Jesus Christ has done for you, and share some of them on social media.


  1. That is beautiful and helpful. Thank you!

  2. I’m glad you found something of value. Everyone is going through some hard thing, aren’t they? I have felt more light come into my own heart as I have looked for simple ways to serve.


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