Dr. Jack Llwellyn recalls a story from his childhood in his book Coming in First,
When I was a youngster growing up in the country, our dog had a litter, and we put the puppies in a box by the kitchen stove, the warmest spot in the house. We fed the puppies there, watered them there, took care of them there in the box. Every once in a while, one of the puppies would stick his head up over the side as if he was going to get out and run through the house. One of us boys would give that pup a little rap and push him back down into the box… A week later when we cut down the sides of the box, where did those puppies go? Nowhere. They stayed in the bottom of the box where it was secure. They got their food and water there. They were with each other there. So they learned to live in the bottom of the box… In reality, many people live their lives that way… people learn to feel good about just surviving. It begins to be very comfortable.
Life is much more than the bottom of the box. It’s more than simply surviving the seasons. GOD has called HIS people to do more than just survive, HE has called them to live! We have been called to be the light of the world, the salt of the earth, the city set on a hill! Instead of just living out our lives in the most comfortable way possible, we should be actively engaging the world around us to change it for the better.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)