Imagine if a light bulb had a mind of its own. It knows it’s a light bulb, designed to produce light for others to see better. And, most of the time, it’s happy to do its job and proud of its ability.

But, shining its light can make it hot and uncomfortable. And no one ever thinks to thank it for the light – it’s always taken for granted. And then it sometimes gets switched on and off, on and off several times in a few minutes causing constant, annoying changes in temperature.

So, somehow, it managed to unplug itself from the wall thinking: “I’ll just give myself a little break and rest.”

Well, pretty soon, someone comes and flips the switch wanting light – but nothing happens.

They check the bulb, tighten it up a little and try the switch again – nothing. “Must be a bad bulb,” they say.

The bulb screams “No, I’m good, just not plugged in, check the plug, there’s nothing wrong with me!” But of course we all know light bulbs don’t have mouths so it wasn’t heard.

They took it out, threw it in the trash and put in a new bulb and tried again – still no light.

“There must be another problem,” they say. They follow the chord to the wall and find it unplugged. “That’s strange,” they say and plug it back in.

Sure enough, the light comes on and they’re satisfied.

The bulb in the trash yells again: “Don’t leave me here – I’m a good bulb, I have lots of light left in me, I just wasn’t plugged in. Give me another chance!”

But of course we all know light bulbs don’t have mouths, so it wasn’t heard.

Jesus said:

“… It would be silly to light a lamp and then hide it under a bowl. When someone lights a lamp, she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair, and the light illumines the entire house. You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.”

Matthew 5:15-16, the Voice