Growing up, I remember occasionally reading Peanuts comic strips. I enjoyed them, but I enjoyed the television cartoons even more. There was always a Peanuts cartoon special for all the major holidays. Snoopy and Charlie Brown seemed to be fan favorites. Others liked Lucy or Woodstock, Peppermint Patty or Linus. But I never heard anyone admit, at least not openly, that their favorite character was Pig Pen. I mean, it’s hard to relate to a kid who walks around with a cloud of dust and dirt hovering around him.
Ironically and unbeknownst to some of us today, we walk around with a constant cloud of complaints or despair or discouragement. The problem with carrying those things around is that they’re bound to make others “dirty” just by having contact with us. Jesus gave us a different job though. He has asked us to give off an aura of light, reflecting him to the world around us. You see, the world and the people we come in contact with will be affected by what we give off…a cloud of dirt, or a perfect light. We’ll either be known as a Pig Pen, a person to avoid, or we’ll be known as a disciple of Jesus, a person of hope and faith and love. Most importantly, letting our light shine brings praise to God (Matthew 5:16). That should be our ultimate goal.