In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may
see our good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Bill Bouknight recounts one a bold decision made by Admiral Marc Mitscher in the Battle of the Philippine Sea in World War II.
Late in the afternoon of June 20, 1944, Mitscher had dispatched a bombing mission against the fleeing Japanese fleet. It was pitch dark when the first of the flyers began returning to their carriers. The fleet was under strict wartime blackout regulations. With the pilots’ fuel supplies running dangerously low, many of the flyers would never be able to find their way back to their carriers.
Admiral Mitscher took a calculated risk. He turned on the lights.
One returning flyer described the scene as a “Hollywood premier, Chinese New Year’s, and Fourth of July all rolled into one.” For two hours the planes landed. Some eighty pilots, out of gas, ditched in the sea but close enough to the carriers that few were lost.
When we are bold enough to turn on the lights for Christ, despite the costs and the risks, lost souls are won for our Lord and our city is electrified with his power.
Is there some way that you might shine the light of Christ in your work or service? Perhaps it’s not additional time or service. What if the only thing that needs to change is the motive for which you do many of the common and helpful things you do?
Is there someone to whom you can intentionally demonstrate care, compassion, assistance? As a believer in Christ, you possess the light of His truth and the hope of a transformed life. Live loved!
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