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Be the sunshine

I was at a gathering recently where a woman who has been going through a journey with cancer spoke.

She said that many times during her journey with cancer she has been asked the same question, “What can we do to help you?”

She said that she has thought about that question a lot and the answer she has come up with is, “Be the Sunshine!”

I have pondered on this statement for a couple of weeks now. I keep coming back to it, “Be the Sunshine, Be the Sunshine.” What does it mean? What does sunshine do?

When we are cold, sunshine warms us. So to be the sunshine we must need to be a warm comfort to people in a cold and harsh world.

Sunshine provides light. So in order to be the sunshine we need to provide light when the way is dark. We need to be a flashlight that illuminates the dark path of life for others.

We need to be the friend with the lantern who will walk with others when they feel lost and help them find their way. We need to be the one shining candle that others feel they can go to when they find themselves in a world filled with darkness and despair.

Sunshine is dependable. No matter how dark the night, or how harsh the storm, the sun always rises the next day. So in order to be the sunshine we must be there for others when they need us.

Sunshine people are bright, cheerful, positive, thoughtful, encouraging, friendly, helpful, truthful, dependable and uplifting.

I know it is not always easy to “Be the Sunshine,” because some days the dark gray clouds of life make us feel anything but sunny. But, if we could make a difference in someone’s life by being the sunshine, I want to try my best to do that.

After all, as Christians we are filled with the SONshine of God’s light and love. We need to share that with others. So, I am going to do my best to “Be the Sunshine.” I know I won’t always succeed, but I am going to try to shine as much as I can. I want to “Be the Sunshine,” do you?

Many people have truly been sunshine to the Bentonville Christian Church and it sure feels good.

Don Miller is the minister of Bentonville Christian Church. He wrote this article as a member of the Fayette County Ministerial Association.