You are the Light of the World

15 Jan 2015 by admin, No Comments »

One of FaithWorks’ favorite friends is Terry Pope. Dr. Pope is a professor of accounting and finance in the College of Business at Abilene Christian University. This week, like every beginning week of every semester, Terry opens his class of senior business majors reminding them that every morning when they look in the mirror, as they brush their teeth, shave or put on their makeup, they are looking at God’s light to the world. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world”. It is a great reminder to me that every time I look in the face of a FaithWorks staff member, volunteer, student, or friend, I see God’s light shining in the world. FaithWorks is that city on a hill that cannot be hidden.

I have carried this Matthew passage with me as we begin the new year and look forward to the new class. Matthew 5:14 popped up on one of my verse-of-the-day apps on a day that began at 16 degrees. Light is not only bright but is often warm.

I have been so blessed to see God’s light shining in the faces and actions, in the hugs of the men and women who keep FaithWorks running. This is not only a place of light but of warmth.

FaithWorks has been blessed beyond measure by the more than 100 friends of FaithWorks who gave over $50,000 in much needed end of the year donations. How thankful we are to so many of you!

I am thankful too for the opportunity to see God’s shining light in FaithWorks graduates in new careers and work opportunities. Look for December graduate Claudia’s shining face at the north side McAlister’s Deli and Positive Patricia’s (doesn’t that even SOUND like light!) face as she begins work at Wisteria Place.

The 36th FaithWorks class begins Tuesday, the 20th. Our very first class also began on a January 20th, –in 2003, twelve years ago. We have a great group of applicants. But if you know someone ready to light up their life with new opportunities encourage them to stop by and meet Paul Mathis and complete an application today. Orientation for new students will be held Thursday at 6 PM or Friday at 11:30 AM.

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