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This Little Light
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I remember as a kid in Sabbath school singing, “This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine”, and thinking quite skeptically, how my one little light could actually impact anything let alone the world. All I could imagine in my head was some guy standing in a huge dark forest with a little plastic flashlight trying to let it shine and finding nothing but a few dead branches, an anthill and the sound of chirping crickets.

But as I grew older, I thankfully began to realize that the “light” referred to in the song is really the message that we carry in our minds, hearts, and souls. It's the lighthouse of our earthly bodies, leading us and others to the true light above.

Soccer Ball Energy

I recently read an article about two college graduates that literally “let it shine”, by constructing a soccer ball that also doubles as a source of energy. As you kick the ball, a mechanism inside begins to harness energy from the friction and stores it in a small device inside the ball. On one end of the ball sits a small plug, and with it, lights, cell phones, heating plates and a whole array of small appliances can be powered for hours. This ingenious invention simultaneously promotes exercise and sunshine, while at the same time giving the impoverished peoples of the world much needed energy, and best of all, renewable energy!

While we may not all create such wondrous inventions as renewable energy soccer balls, God has blessed us with a light or a talent of our own. You may be a great public speaker, cab driver, factory worker, baseball player, stay-at-home mom or anything else. It's up to each one of us to take care of that light. To make sure it stays fed, well-oiled and pointed in the right direction. These powerful tools that God has bestowed upon us just may be the light that guides someone else to Christ. How will you let your light 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).

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