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My Little Light
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As a child, I learned the Christian children’s song, “This little light of mine.” Those words started my education about my personal responsibility as a Christian: I knew Jesus and I wanted to share Him in some way.

When the Lord said, “Let there be light” and this planet was illuminated, can you imagine the brilliance, the beauty? Surely, God smiled. He was happy. Thus, ever since creation we humans have known the importance of light to our existence.

Once I worked for a hospital developing film in a tiny closet-type room, a room kept dark, black as pitch. Claustrophobia overcame me the very first day. My heart raced and I felt faint. I struggled for days to do that job well but my fear of that black cubicle overwhelmed me. I requested a transfer. I needed light.

Children often fear darkness. Their imaginations conjure up monsters and dragons. Night-lights usually solve the fear. It only takes a tiny bulb.

Ah! but the good light is Jesus, who says of Himself, “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12 NKJV. He desires us to walk in His light always and to share It.


Albert Schweitzer, beloved as a physician, musician, Christian missionary and humanitarian used this example about an inner light, “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by an encounter with another human being. Each of us owes the deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this inner light.” This is practical Christianity.

Is there someone in your life who is in need of having their wick relit? If you encounter such a one, you know the joy that comes from sharing your candle of Christian joy to help that person get reignited.

So how do we let our light shine? It may be a beckoning smile or the touch of a hand, perhaps whispering an encouraging word. I recall a friend telling me about a fleeting act that raised him from his doldrums, when he endured a heartache that no one knew about. A deacon placed his hand on his shoulder while gathering the offering. Just one touch!

Simple friendly, neighborly acts of kindness are appreciated. Yet you can offer even more than a good feeling, you can be a light of hope. Why not act right now? Light someone’s life in some way. Just bow your head and ask Jesus to show you how to be His light in someone’s darkness.

If we follow Jesus, we have a responsibility to be the best and brightest lights, Ephesians 5:8, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” Yes, even as adults we can let our little lights shine for Him. In addition, the rest of the verse from John 8:12 gives us this assurance, “He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

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