When I was growing up, I had the fortune of spending summers at our cottage in Muskoka, Ontario. Not one of those lake mansions of today that eat up the tree lines and require a host of servants to keep the place running.
Our cottage was three bedrooms, one bathroom, no insulation and often more critters inside than out. At night, the lake was bathed in blackness so we had large spotlights mounted outside the wood-framed screen door that led to the front porch.
Often, I would stand in the shadows of the doorway, fascinated with the population of moths that would begin to flutter around the light after sunset. They came in all colors and sizes. Some were ugly, brown fat moths and others were lovely light green with wings that looked like tailcoats.
As long as that light was shining, they would gather there in community sharing the warmth, resting at times latched onto the tiny holes in the screen. Because kids will be kids, sometimes I’d reach up and flick the screen from the inside just to see them all take flight.
Like moths, people are attracted to the warmth and light we put out in our own lives. When we’re shining, we become a beacon to others…sometimes inspiring them also to shine, sometimes bringing them together in community and sometimes being the light for them that they cannot be at that moment in their own lives.
How will you shine today?