Be The Light

Be the Light

By Audrey Botts

 A few years ago, I was debating whether I should stay at my current place of employment.  I had been there almost 20 years and I felt like I needed a change.  

The working conditions were getting unbearable and I would come home drained and stressed from dealing with all the negativity in that environment.   The heavy workload was putting a strain on the few employees.  Our pay scale was low compared to other hospitals and our salaries had not changed in several years.  Employees were getting tired of the low wages, while other places were paying more…so they left.   

So, you may ask why was I still there?  Well, during this time I asked the Lord if I should seek employment elsewhere.   I waited to see if he gave me the “thumbs up” to go, but I heard nothing.  

There were rumors that the employees who had left were getting higher salaries than what they were getting at our facility.  I was envious and I wanted to leave too, but I still was not given the okay to leave. 

Then one day, I heard the Lord say to me; “Have I not provided for you all these years that you were alone?  Were you ever in need?  I will be the one who provides for you, not your job.  Your job is to be a light in this dark place.”  

“You are the light of the world.  A town built on a hill that cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14-16

I was so humbled by his loving words.  His words spoke life to me and showed me what my purpose was in this place.  

I never saw my workplace as a mission field, I only saw it as my career, a place to earn an income.  It had nothing to do with my faith, but I then realized everything we do in life has to do with our faith in Jesus Christ.  To share the gospel and be a light to the dark places.

I was so humbled by his loving words, where a realization came over me that this was my mission field. This is where God wanted me.   I asked the Lord for forgiveness and I stayed in my current job.  

A few months went by and I was called to our lab director’s office.   My director said “I had been underpaid for many years” and gave me a 10% increase in my salary.   Wow!  God is good! He doesn’t forget to take care of his flock.

My workplace is still stressful and it has its ups and downs, but it is where the Lord has me to be His light.  Do you know where your mission field is?  It’s probably right before your eyes.