July 8, 2015
A class of 3 and 4 year-old children were lined up at the door to go outside. It wasn’t long at all before they started hitting one another. I had to do something quick to get their attention…so without thinking I started singing the first song that entered my mind: “This Little Light of Mine, I’m gonna let it shine!” I don’t know if it’s the shock of hearing my singing or a new song they hadn’t heard, but it worked better than I hoped. They all stopped and quietly listened and then began to join in! After a few rounds, I asked them if they knew how to make their lights shine. I showed them the most dazzling smile I could muster. Then they all showed me their biggest brightest smiles. It was so joyful. The whole group changed from whining, tattling, pushing and shoving to a gleeful explosion! That’s the power of Your Light, Lord!
Thank You for giving me Jesus in my heart- the Light of the world and of my soul! How often I forget that I just need to let Your Light shine. This world can be a dark hopeless place with lots of pushing and selfishness. It is incredible how much even just a little bit of Light can make. It wasn’t made to hoard for myself, or cover up so no one knows I have it, or be afraid someone will accuse me of some illegal act. My job is to let Your Light shine through me at all times, in every situation, even if I stand alone. Even one small light makes a huge difference where there is only darkness! Shining out with the Light You’ve put in me isn’t for spotlighting someone else’s sin, or for drawing glowing attention to myself. It is to draw others to the hope and promise of eternal life with You!
The light of Jesus Christ has come into this world and into my heart to bring hope, joy, peace and love to all who want it. It is incredibly bright and contagious! It is not from me or any of Your other children. We are simply little candleholders who carry the Light of Jesus to a world draped in darkness. Help me let my Light shine so others might be drawn to the Source of Light! Shine, Jesus! Shine!!
“When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
(Jesus said) “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” John 12:46
(Jesus also said)“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise Your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16