This Giant Light of Mine
How many of you now have that song stuck in your head because you started humming or singing along by line 2?
You’re welcome! 😉
Yeah. Like many of you I’ve known that song and all it’s verses for ever.
As I got older and headed off to church camp in the summers, I learned a slightly different version of the song.
Addison Road – This Little Light Of Mine Music Video from addison-road on GodTube.
Young adult days brought a third version into my repertoire. I still can’t be trusted to lead this song during worship due to the fact I can’t guarantee what version might come out of my mouth.
Regardless of the words or the version of the song, I learned more about shining my light teaching youth group and raising toddlers than singing the words over and over.
One year as youth leader, one of our youth started holding up BOTH index fingers during the “this little light of mine part” because they had two little lights, not just one and they should shine everything they had.
Yes. Yes they should. I encouraged the behavior.
Not long after that trend began, I was traveling to a youth revival service with my toddlers buckled in car seats in the back. They were singing to pass the time on the drive. As we launched into “This Little Light”, my son stops and says, “I don’t have a little light! I have TEN little lights and that makes a pretty big light. I’m going to shine them ALL!”
As we sang he had both hands raised in the back seat. Ten little lights shining.
Are we selling the light we shine short?
I don’t know about you, but the light that shines within me is only limited by my perspective of that light and the adjective I use to describe it. The Light itself is immense and large enough to illuminate the entire world at one time.
Why are we so busy trying to protect the Light? Cupping our hands around it hoping the breeze won’t blow it out?
Sure, we are reaching out helping others, we are loving like Jesus loves, we are feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, housing the orphans, taking care of the widows, but we do all of it silently as if we’re doing something to be ashamed of. We’re hiding the works God is doing through us under a bucket, and that is about as useful as putting a candle under a bucket.
What are you currently doing that is allowing God’s light to shine through you? Are you trying to limit the light or are you inviting others to bask in it and glorify our Father?
I’m making changes in my daily life by giving up commitments and responsibilities that I think might move me up the ladder in order to chase the dreams I feel God is calling me to–and I’m telling others about it. I’m supposed to write, teach, and speak. So, I’m carving out time to do that. What will the end product look like?
Glorifying God by shining forth His light.