“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16

Beaver is one of the most fascinating animals I've ever known. What's not to love about this adorable little mammal? It's a brown furry round ball with huge teeth, webbed feet, and a flat paddle tail. Its large teeth grow continuously, so it must chew on items regularly to trim them down. It is a herbivore that eats bushes and trees' leaves, barks, and twigs. Beavers are known to be one of few species capable of building structures. They would spend hours cutting trees with their teeth and utilizing the branches and twigs as building material, then gathering mud to glue them together to create dams. These dams alter water flow of rivers and streams where they are found, creating wetland habitats for plants and animals that depend on water to live. Additionally, it makes more water available, cleans up harmful pollutants, and even changes the climate in the area.

These dams also create deep ponds in which they can swim around in search for food, as well as a suitable habitat for fish. Beaver dams are known to last for many years, assuring the well-being of the beavers, the wildlife around them, and their home. Humans, like beavers, can make long-lasting effects. Jesus understands that our acts can impact our surroundings, either positively or negatively. It was one of the first lessons He gave in the sermon on the mount. He told us in Matthew 5:14, we are the light of the world. Lights are not to be placed behind coverings, since their brightness will be wasted. Instead, lights placed in dark areas to brighten the room and allow people to see what is inside. Jesus wants His followers to give positive impact on others, just as a bright light would do to a room, so that others can see their good works, and worship the Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).

By making the world a better place, we share His love and care. Standing up to a bully, being respectful to the elderly, cleaning our houses, and caring for the sick. We can go a long way toward making others' days a little brighter. They'll notice that we have Christ's charity, optimism, and desire to make a positive effect in the world around us. Let us be as busy as beavers, working hard to impact others and environments where we live in.