The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matt. 4: 16-17).
Each one of us is a gift. Indeed, for many, we are a gift to our parents though at times in our lives they may have disputed it. We are a gift to this world. Jesus proclaimed that we are the light of the world. He was speaking the truth that every person who knows that God exists and readily seeks Him carries the light of hope.
This world is hard and full of trouble. It is not meant to be a place of hope and refuge rather a place of woe and adversity. Your smile carries the potential to be a ray of sunshine to the stranger you meet on the street. The gentle touch of your hand can satisfy the sighs of a lonely soul. The gleam in your eye as you pause to hold a door open may be a halo for someone who is in pain.
You may be a gift unseen by most. But you must never hide it from your self. Embracing the truth that you are a light is essential if you are to shine in this dark world. Your spirit is the candle of the Lord. God will trim it and light it daily as you surrender to the One that gave you the gift of who you are.