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Let Your Little Light Shine

Matthew 5:14-16 – “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The “little folks” sang one of my favorite children’s songs yesterday – “This little light of mine.” Such great spiritual truths in a song sang from such little mouths. 

As children of the King, we should all have the Light shining out from us. Others should be able to see that Light from any distance. 

The first verse of that song says, “Hide it under a bushel? No! I’m gonna let it shine!” We sometimes hide our Light. We are afraid that others may make fun of us because we choose to let It shine. But we shouldn’t let that hold us back. Our Light is what makes us who we are. It is our driving force! Why hide it?

The next verse says, “Won’t let Satan blow it out! I’m gonna let it shine!” The devil is going to do whatever he can to diminish the brightness of our Light. He’s going to huff and puff and do whatever he can to make our Light seem dim. We have to attend to that Light. Nothing can blow it out, but if we let him, he can make seem like the flame is  leaning and becoming a glimmer. It’s our choices that cause the Light to seem to waiver. The Light doesn’t change, but our perception of the Light changes. If the devil can turn our perception far enough away to think that the Light is gone, he has won. We cannot let him think he has won. 

The last verse is – “Let it shine till Jesus comes! I’m gonna let it shine!” The time is coming quickly. We must be diligent and active to shine our Light. 

So let me encourage you this week to let your Light shine! Don’t hide it away. Don’t let the devil try and blow it out. Let it shine!


Revisit – A walk in the dark

Flashback! Hope you enjoy it!

Psalm 119:105 – “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

My daughter had her 5th grade promotion ceremony Friday night. It was very sweet and special. The man who is the youth pastor at the church where her school is at gave a little devotion to encourage the kids. He is amazing. He has such a way with words and Biblical examples.

Anyway, he made this statement to the kids: Remember what you have learned in the Light when you are walking in the darkness. That made me stop, grab my phone and quick punch it into my notes. That was good.

We are all walking in darkness. It is all around us, even at noon. The things that we and our children encounter in this old world is pure darkness. There are so many people out there with malcontent in their hearts. So many people looking for a way to take advantage of someone else. So many people looking for an opportunity to mock or criticize someone else. Darkness.

But princess, we have something special. We have the Light. I once heard the verse above described in a very vivid way. Back in Bible times, they didn’t have flashlights (duh, Melissa!). So they would light tiny lamps and attach them to their sandals. Cute, right? But think about the fire hazard! The point is this – the Word of God is supposed to be the lamps on our feet as we walk through the dark. The Word has been preserved all these years to show us the Way. His Word lights our path. But we have to choose to light the lamps.

I know I have been on a kick lately about choice. But I can’t stress it enough. I think too many times in our society we are too quick to blame someone else for our woes when all along it has been our choices that have led to the problems we have. Well, enough! If you choose to leave your lamp unlit, then man up and walk alone in the dark. It is your choice. I know that sounds harsh but there comes a point in time when you either run with the big dogs or stay on the porch.

Princess, Jesus does not desire for us to walk alone in the dark. He wants to walk with us and hold our hand. He stands today with hand outstretched waiting for you to take hold. Won’t you walk through this dark world with Him?

Ruminate while He illuminates

John 12:35-36 – “Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.”

John 8:12 – “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Well, hello there! It has been a while! I know. I have been distracted. With Christmas comes travel and vacation. I have enjoyed both, last year. Now, it is the first Monday of the new year and I am ready to go. Life is getting back to normal. So, bear with me. You know how life can go.

Light. We all love light. It was raining all day yesterday and we had no sun. Today, I feel drained and cold. Light does something for us. It provides necessary vitamins that we need to be healthy. It gives us the ability to see long distances. It usually makes us happy. I love the sun. I miss it when it is not visible. Besides, I love wearing my sunglasses. I think they look cool. 😊

I was thinking about an old Disney movie the other day. Remember the one with the genie? When the character found the genie and was trying to determine what the genie could do, the genie said, “Ruminate whilst I illuminate.” (Just roll with me. I do have a point in all this!)

Ruminate means to meditate or ponder – something we generally are not too good at, at least I’m not. I have to make myself recall what I learned in my devotional every morning. I have to purposefully choose to recall daily lessons. Otherwise, they go in one ear and out the other.

But pondering is something that God wants us to do. He wants us to ruminate on His word. Yet how can we ponder if we do not see? How can we think on His love and His principles if we do not do not allow Him to shine upon us?

Jesus describes Himself in these verses as the Light. He is the Light that illuminates our darkness. Now, we don’t physically have Him with us today, but we do have His word. And we have the Holy Spirit. These two things work together to guide us and lead us. But they can’t do Their thing if we don’t actively participate. It’s like buying an exercise video and some equipment and then expecting that act alone to make you lose weight. They don’t work if you don’t engage in them. Well, the word of God and the Holy Spirit do not assist you if you don’t spend time with them and engage them.

But engaging the Holy Spirit is not enough. You have to ruminate in the Word for a bit. You need to think about what you have read. You need to remember what you have read. You need to apply what you have read. And it’s not just you. It’s me. I need to do all those things as well. I need to be more diligent at ruminating on His illuminating.

So let me encourage you (and me) on this very first Monday of 2016 to ruminate. Just ruminate whitest He illuminates.

Bright Light

John 1:6-9 – “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

Yesterday was our final lesson in Sunday school on Bible heroes. I can’t believe that November is coming to an end and we will soon be starting another year. Man, time flies! But I digress…

We studied about John the Baptist yesterday. What a great study. The focus of the lesson was the fact that John was a reflection of Jesus. He wasn’t the the Light, rather he was a reflection of the Light.

Have you ever been outside when the moon is so bright that you could drive your car with no headlights? The moon, in and of itself, has no light, no brightness within itself that would make it illuminate. It reflects the sun. The sun will shine on it at just the right angle and the sun is what gives the dark moon an amazing light.

This is the same way we are supposed to be in our walk with Jesus. He never asked us to be Him exactly. He did not ask us to be a mirror of Him and reflect Him perfectly. He is, however, asking us to reflect His Light.

Just like John, He is asking us to spend time with Him, to learn from Him and to get to know Him in an intimate way. And then, along the way, He is asking us to shine His Light into the lives of those around us. We don’t need to hound them. We don’t need to badger them. We don’t need to intimidate or otherwise scold them. We need to reflect Him. We need to live in such a way that we shine His light and show His love.

Today is a new day. You have a choice to make today – are you going to be a bright shining light for Him or are you just going to be a glimmer of hope? Both are good but would you rather have a spotlight when it’s dark or a pin light to light your home? When it is dark, I want the biggest and brightest light I can find. Friends, the world is dark and getting darker. We need that big, bright Light.

The Light 

Matthew 5:14-17 – “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hidNeither do men light a candleand put it under a bushelbut on a candlestickand it giveth light unto all that are in the houseLet your light so shine before menthat they may see your goodworksand glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

There are three types of light. There is natural light – light that comes from the sun. There is artificial light – from the light bulbs in our home. And there is reflected light – the light we get from the moon at night. 

Natural light can be compared to Jesus. Malachi 4:2 – “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” Here Malachi calls Jesus the sun. It’s only right to think of Jesus as the sun – He supposed to be the center of our universe. John reminds us in Revelation that there will be no need for the sun we have now in Heaven because Jesus will be our Light. Now that is hard to wrap my brain around. 

Artificial light is just like artificial Christians, close but not the same. You can tell that there is just something off. Artificial light these days is slow to warm up to its full brightness. That drives me crazy! Especially in the bathroom! I guess you could say that one benefit to artificial light is that it certainly makes you appreciate the real deal. 

And then you have reflective light. This is where we are supposed to be as followers of Christ. Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, we are to reflect the Light of the never ending Savior. We are supposed to be the reflection of Him in the darkness of the world. 

I learned this weekend that the last phrase of this verse “Let your light so shine” is very unique. The way that it is worded in the original language is more along the lines of “allow you light to shine”. That puts a whole new thought on it. I can allow my light not to shine. I have that choice. I can choose to out my candle under the table. I can choose to ignore it and leave it to not burn as brightly. 

So today princess, be that reflected light. Shine back the Light of the world. Don’t dim your testimony. Don’t hide under the table. Stand up and stand out for all to see. 

Shine on, sister!

Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they might see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

I had some trouble coming home last night from revival. God was putting on quite a light show and I was driving. There was a storm going on north of us and the lightning was AMAZING! It wasn’t the kind of lightning that looked, from where I was at, to be doing a lot of damage. I’m sure somewhere people were taking cover. But the backside of the storm was quite the show. Every time that the sky lit up, you could see just the outline of the clouds. You could tell that they were some serious looking clouds yet you could hear no thunder. That’s how far away the storm was.

Anyway, the whole scene reminded me that this is how we are supposed to be as followers of Christ. The world is dark. I mean super dark. And we are called to shine our light. By shining our light, we show others Jesus. Just like the lightning showed me the clouds brewing around the storm, we are to show others Jesus by the actions that we live out.

But the whole lightning thing made me think about this as well – our light should not be surprising and short lived. Our light should be a sustaining light. The kind that stays around and lights up everything.
Our light should also be bright. Some of the lightning was not as bright as other strikes. Our light needs to be super bright. Another thing we have noticed this week is the brightness of a green light on a stop light when it is dark. There is this one stop light that is usually red when we approach it. And when it turns green, you are momentarily blinded by the brightness. Our light should be so bright that others have no doubt of who we belong to.

So today, princess, how is your light? Does your light brighten up a dark world? Is it short lived or long lasting? Is the brightness of your light skull piercing or just barely there (like a nightlight when you are trying to sleep)? Jesus said that we need to shine our light before men. This light will show others your good works that you have done for your Savior. And when people see your light, they should glorify the Father, not you. You see, God doesn’t want us to shine our light on ourself, but rather, He wants us to shine our light on Him. Because He is the True Light. And He is the Light from which all others get their light. Shine on, sister!

Twelve years

Matthew 5:12 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Twelve years. It was 12 years ago today that my Daddy went home to be with Jesus. Twelve years. It is hard to believe.

My son was just 3 months old when I got the call. We had been helping my in-laws move into an apartment and left our phones at home. I try very hard never to make that mistake again. It was agonizing to my mom.

Death is a hard thing to deal with no matter when it comes. It is especially hard when it is sudden. You go from kissing your loved one on the cheek as they walk out the door to trying to figure out what happened to bring you to the funeral home.

But God’s grace is sufficient. Those first few days after Daddy passed are a fog in my mind. I just remember someone yanking my chain and telling me that I had to pick myself up for the sake of my son. We all need that tether to reality and he was ours.

But as I look back on my Dad’s life and recently on my uncle’s life, I see a common thread. Neither man was pushy about their walk with Christ. They both loved The Lord but they would rather show you Christ than corner you about Him.

They let their light shine. My Daddy would bend over backwards to help someone in need. I know right before he passed, he built a set of bunk beds for one of the people who worked for him. See, she was having to care for some children in her family and she had limited space in her home. She needed somewhere for the kids to sleep. And Daddy stepped in and built her some bunk beds. He was always doing things like that. Stepping in at the right time to help someone. Oh, he wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination but he did do one thing very well – he loved like Jesus.

So today, princess, let me encourage you to let your light shine. Love others like Jesus would. Show grace and mercy where grace and mercy are absent. Let others see your life and glorify God because of it. And for those of you who have been there and done that and still feel the ache in your heart at the sight of your loved one’s empty chair at the table, hold on. The time is drawing near when we will see them again. And best of all, we get to Jesus first and foremost!