I considered various people in my church and community who could be viewed as particularly 'salty' or 'light-filled' and effective in their Christian service.
The people I brought to mind initially are those involved in many aspects of church life which could be viewed as serving the Lord in many different ways.
But when I reflected further, I also considered the characteristics of Jesus, and that a heart of love, grace and humility as we serve, is what makes us shine for Jesus and leave his salty flavour as we work.
Sadly this can sometimes be lacking when we are doing many different things and are potentially feeling tired or overwhelmed. Unfortunately we can note a sense of self-importance that could be rooted in pride with the conduct of some people.
Something we should all check ourselves for, as I know I am not immune to this either.
The person I thought of works in the community meeting many people through their job with Royal Mail. They just chat the gospel as they go about their deliveries; but not only that they demonstrate kindness, patience and generosity. Going the extra mile with arrangements for deliveries, ringing GP's for older people they come in to contact with and even praying with older people who he knew were Christians but were distressed due to dementia but then announced to him after praying, 'God sent you to me didn't he'.
In addition to working in the community, he serves his family, and along with his wife and two children, provided shelter and a home for three extra children when his sister died; guided by the Lord from a verse in Isaiah 58 'don't turn your back on your flesh and blood....' a week before her death.
He has also served Jesus at church by working with the youth groups, particularly outreach and mission to young people from tougher areas where he then moved to with his wife and teenagers to live incarnationally. Similar to the idea of the Eden project created by The Message Trust in Manchester.
The children have all left home now but he still serves at the kids club and both youth groups. Jesus shines through him in the way he exhibits acceptance, love, fun, patience, kindness and humility with the children but also other team members.
He is loved by all - especially me.
He is my husband who I had the privilege of introducing to Jesus.
Like Paul in Philippians Ch1: v 3 I give thanks every time I think of him!
I liked the "surprise twist" in this post, Tracey. Given what you have written, this person might be a good choice for one of your assignment interviews. Martin.