2014-10-22 - Leaving the Light On
I remember very few specific commercials from television, yet there is one that does stick in my mind, above many others over the years. A sign and a building with a voice saying "we'll leave the light on for you". It was the voice of Tom Bodett advertising for Motel 6, and they are apparently having their fiftieth anniversary now. After years of hearing his calming voice, it really seemed true that it was a home away from home, staying at Motel 6, even though I have never stayed there. Something about the concept of someone being there unconditionally for people, and being welcoming, was appealing enough to remember throughout a lifetime.
Our father in Heaven has promised to be there for us unconditionally, upon our acceptance of his son, Jesus, as our Savior. We can go to him anytime, and he will be there for us. It's as if the light is on all the time, as it is for those who go to Tom Bodett's establishments. The problem comes in when we treat our relationship with God in a manner that leaves it seeming cheapened and one-sided. I mean that in the sense that we can often, myself included, go on our merry way and only show up to spend time with our Creator, when it seems convenient for us. We need to make a conscious effort to be aware of the fact that he also has feelings, and while not needing us to exist, He did choose to make us all - hoping we, too, would be part of his existence. Only coming around when it's convenient, or when we are having troubles, cheapens the relationship and saddens our Heavenly Father. Instead, we should follow the instructions of the Lord, by being a light in a darkened world. If he is willing to be there whenever we need him, then we should, too, be there for him - and also should show his love for all of the others that he created, so they can know peace.
"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16 KJV)
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.