«You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden» (Matthew 5:14).
ON FEBRUARY 8, 1855, The Times newspaper published an article in which the following paragraph was found: «She is a ‘ministering angel’ without any exaggeration in these hospitals, and as her slender form glides quietly along each corridors every poor fellow’s face softens with gratitude at the sight of her. When all the medical officers have retired for the night, and silence and darkness have settled down upon these miles of prostrate sick, she may be observed alone, with a little lamp in her hand, making her solitary rounds.
«That ministering angel in the hospitals during the Crimean War, that woman who kept showing up after all the doctors had already retired, that young lady with the lamp who brought solace to the wretched on her solitary rounds was Florence Nightingale, also known since then as «the lady with the lamp.» How nice it is to receive a nickname based on the service that one lends to other human beings! What nickname would you be given if this same criterion were used?
After the experience of the war, Florence spent the rest of her life promoting the development of nursing as a profession and organizing it in the way we know it today. She held several positions of importance, although that is not what is most relevant in her biography. Tie highlight of her life was her spirit of service, her sensibility toward the injured and convalescing person, her desire to bring a hope of recovery, and her practical mind, capable of conceiving the way to improve an initiative that did not work as well as it could. She is without a doubt an example to imitate.
Do you know something? God has also called you and me to do something with our lives that has a positive impact on the environment in which we live. He says to us in John 15:16: «You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you» (NIV). «Fruit that will last,» says the text; fruit that leaves an impression on people for eternal life, inviting them to change their lives here and now according to the truths of the gospel.
It is our privilege to be able to contribute something to this work—CO be able to shine in such a way that what we do, what we say, what we are, is a lamp for those who live in the darkness of the ignorance of God.