In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

I first knew Letha as the sweet older lady who taught our small daughters’ Sunday School class. They loved her, and my husband and I appreciated her excellent teaching.

I, also, learned from her. Whenever I felt disturbed, she always had the right words to comfort me. She spoke the truth. When I needed a stern word, she challenged me.

When our teen-age son’s problems put him in jail, I decided I should not teach classes at the church anymore. After all, how can anyone who can’t handle her own child teach other children or parents how to live?

Then I learned that Letha had a son in prison—a total contrast to her godly life. I realized then that her son being in prison had not deterred her from being such an excellent teacher and counselor. What an example.

That lesson, requiring no words at all, was probably the most valuable one I ever learned from that remarkable lady.

Thank you, Lord, that we don’t have to be perfect to be shining lights in this dark world. Use us in your service. Amen.

Thought for the Day:
God can use our failures to bring about good.

Catherine (OR)