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Sunday, February 27, 2011

This little light of mine...

This little light of mine, I'm gunna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm gunna let it shine
This little light of mine, I'm gunna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Most everybody has heard this song before, the main part at least if not all of it.  It is such a simple song, one that we learn at vacation bible school or Sunday school when we are still too small to see the top of the kitchen counter.  So why is it so hard to match our actions to what we are singing about? 
I don't know about you, but it is HARD to let my light shine when I am in an environment that is cynical and mean about anything that might make those around me uncomfortable.  It is so much easier to shine when I am by myself or with a group of friends that I know loves God as much as I do...but God doesn't want us to only shine for ourselves.  What would be the point? He wants us to shine to people who have possibly never seen the result of a person who is filled with the Holy Spirit and not afraid to show it....that is how we witness to others and share the gospel, the good news!
But....its hard, I know, and I would be a hypocrite if I said that I was a bright, shining light in the hallways of my high school right now.  However, I might just start trying to be.
At church today, the pastor mentioned that the paster that was at the church before him used to encourage people to share the gospel with others, and to light a candle when they did to signify that they are spreading the word of God.  He wanted his congregation to make a physical, touchable (though it would hurt) light for everybody to see that signified God....I thought that was cool.
So, I guess its time to stop hiding my light under a bushel (or in my bedroom) and get out there to share it with others by being positive and more Christ-like.