A Shining Light

A Shining Light

“[…] children of God […] in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:15 – NKJV

It is Monday as I write this, and I’ve been . . . writing. As part of ACFW’s Novel Track Writing accountability loop—where we each set a specific monthly word count goal—I’ve been busily pounding away at the keyboard. A glutton for punishment, I’m working on three different manuscripts simultaneously. Well, not actually, but when I burn out on one, I switch to another for a change of pace, setting, and…of course…plot and characters.

All these stories are faith-based, written from a Christian worldview. Sometimes, as I write, I wonder if I’m letting my light shine through my words. My ‘message’ is rarely overt, or in-your-face religious. I’ve never written a big ‘Salvation’ scene. Probably because mine just ‘happened’ while sitting under my grandfather’s pulpit during a revival he was conducting at our church. I only knew I’d changed.

As an 80% introvert, I’m not one comfortable with, um, verbal witnessing. It’s hard for me and I get all tongue-tied. So I tried to live my life so that others could see Christ through me. In my ‘Big Girl’ job, I worked with many people who disrespected God through their speech, which made me extremely uncomfortable, but I never challenged them.

BUT . . . They almost always apologized to me once they realized I was within earshot. So I believe it was the way I conducted myself, my own clean language, and general attitude is what they say, and respected in me.

The above scripture, which i read in a recent Upper Room devotion, is what prompted me to write this post. To remind me, even now in my Golden years, that it behooves us—ME— to so live our lives so we are a shining light to the world.

Can I get an Amen?


Peg Phifer About Peg Phifer

Multi-published author Peggy Blann Phifer writes a mixture of contemporary women’s fiction with three parts suspense, three parts mystery, and four parts romance, stirred up with a sprinkling of humor. Peg believes God has a sense of humor and that He intended to place laughter into our lives no matter our circumstances. Read more on her website.


  1. Absolutely, you can get an “amen”, Peg! Great post! I can’t remember who said “you may be the only Bible some people ever see”, or something to that effect. It is so true! We never know who is watching us, and we want to be sure that what they see reflects the light of Jesus!

  2. Thanks for the affirmation, Patti. That’s exactly how I felt/feel. I’d like to believe I did have some effect on those I worked with, and even now with the people I meet here in my small, semi-rural town.

  3. Amen! I was blessed to teach for decades in Christian schools, so the work place was filled with Light! However, once I started writing fiction, I joined a secular critique group. I hope my writing and my attitude in our meetings shines light in the darkness.

  4. Hi, Linda, Thanks for leaving a comment. I guess there’s no end to the places, circumstances, environments . . . even to just one person . . . where we can let our light shine for Jesus.

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