“Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.’” (Matthew 5:13-16)
When I grew up, vestiges of the “children should be seen and not heard” philosophy were still around, and my father was somewhat of a disciplinarian. Women were only on the cusp of taking on greater roles in the workplace and society in general. What all of this meant for me is that for most of the first half of my life I never really spoke up for myself. (I can just hear some of those who know me today saying, “What? Really?”) No, I didn’t. In fact, I remember cowering by the office door of my first employer, waiting to be acknowledged. He roared at me to step in, step up, speak up and quit being so timid.
Well, that’s all changed. The jury may still be out on whether that is for better or for worse, but this scripture passage gives me courage, at least in matters of faith. In my new role, I am responsible for ensuring that the mission of the organization for which I work is not only adhered to, but also amplified — made saltier and brighter. Every now and then I have to be a little pushier than my upbringing taught me to be. I have to ask the hard question or speak the unspoken. In that regard, I am grateful that time has made me a little saltier and brighter.