When our cars decide to act up, they tend to do it in pairs. As one son and I head out to pick up his truck from the shop, we get the news that another son sits on the side of the road with a flat. We change course to help him, but aren’t the first to arrive.

A lady kneels beside the car and seems to know what to do. Times like this remind me how helpless I am: the daughter of a man who believes that if he always helps those in need, the favor will be returned to his wife and daughters (and it has) and the wife of a man who always handles these things for me.

This lady obviously spent time on her appearance today, but her eyes look tired, life-wearied. As I thank her for helping my son, I learn that she, in her own words, has hit bottom.

Earlier, her car ran out of gas on the way to a job interview. Somehow she made it, but I assume she was late. Maybe another Good Samaritan helped her and she feels compelled to return the favor, to pay it forward, and she’s chosen to bless my son as the recipient?

I don’t know.

Love my new bracelet from @lisaleonard & @dayspringcards!But I see a woman who’s made the choice to look beyond her own worries, to see—and respond to—the needs of another, to shine her light.

My son gives her the little bit of cash he has, which she tries to refuse, and she drives away. I don’t know the rest of the story—did she get the job?—but I need to visit that Waffle House and ask, to see if she’s there.

I want to take her lesson to heart and not hide my own light when there’s a chance to let it shine.

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:16

My new Let Your Light Shine Bracelet reminds me to live my faith, to put it into action instead of under a bushel. I turn it facing me so I can read it easily.

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This picture was taken two years ago on our annual (in)courage authors’ retreat to Hilton Head. If you look closely you’ll see three Lisa Leonard bracelets facing in towards the wearer and three facing out towards others.

Which direction do the words face on your bracelets?

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