I don’t know about you, but I always loved the little song I learned way back in Sunday School about letting this little light of mine shine. Remember that? Remember how you sang so proudly and somehow you knew there was nothing more important than keeping your light on and not hiding it under a bushel.
Now, a few years later, you may wonder how successful you’ve been at keeping that light on and how willing you’ve been to actually put it on a lampstand. The truth is we are each the light for someone else. Someone stands in the shadows and needs what you do and what you say because it makes a difference. Someone walks in a dark place and hopes and prays you come along with a match.
Albert Schweitzer once said, “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled that light.”
For those of you who have rekindled that light in me, I am forever grateful and for those who need more light, draw closer to the ones who see you as you are, love you simply because you’re you, and desire more for you than you may even desire for yourself.
As you hold up your candle today for yourself first, see the wonder of God’s design, see the grace and beauty He has put into you, and then reach out into the dimly lit paths around you and look for others, who have a candle, but no flame.
We exist to make the world a little brighter, a little easier, a little happier for those around us. When we do that, God’s gift is that it splashes back on us and we receive more light ourselves.
Think about that. Every time you shine your light, you become brighter because you are standing a little closer to the Source of all light who blesses your efforts. With that in mind, let’s each take our little box of matches and head out confidently singing “this little light of mine”. The path has already been prepared so there’s no fear of stumbling, for as it says in Psalm 119:105, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
Go on then, shine your light because you really make a difference!