“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” — Maya Angelou
“A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle” — James Keller
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” — Matthew 5: 14-16
Really? We are the light of the world?
Well, when Jesus was living here on earth, He was the light of the world. However, when He died for our sins, we were expected to remember his way of being. And then to take His actions and His way into our own lives.
We are asked to shine. We are asked to influence. We are asked to be full of light in what can often look like a dim world.
And not just when it’s easy and we feel comfortable. Not just when we have recently been encouraged, after church, during a holiday. This is an every day type of call. This is a lifestyle.
“This Little Light of Mine” was a go-to throughout Sunday School, and was a favorite of my Grandma Mary’s. But as I age I recognize how significant and challenging this concept is. We won’t let Satan blow it out: we won’t let a bad day keep a smile off our face, we won’t let stress overcome us, we won’t be conformed to the way of the world. We will let light shine, but moreover, we will share that with each and every person around us.
Hold tight to your light.