This little light.



I don’t know why it happened, but suddenly I had an ear worm the other day. You know, one of those songs that is in your head and you can’t get rid of it. Well, the song was one we sang in Sunday School when I was pretty young. “This little light of mine.” I don’t know if they still sing that in Sunday School or not. But, in case there are some who don’t know it, here are the lyrics for the chorus and first verse.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, shine, shine
Let it shine!
[Verse 1]
Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine
Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine
Everywhere I go, I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine, shine, shine
Let it shine!

It’s a nice tune and when I was young I sort of understood it, but not really. As I have gotten older I see a lot more to things than I used to see or understand. And, since I was hearing it over and over in my head, I thought about it because, well…..I didn’t have much choice because it kept going, and going and going. I thought about times I have had to give lectures, many times to very large groups and I never really felt 100% comfortable doing that. I thought about some people I know that always seemed so at ease speaking in front of large groups, how some were very animated and congenial, others more formal. I thought about how I wished I could have been more like that, but I am not. I do much better at 1 on 1 or with small groups. Rather than standing before a large group and droning on and on, I prefer to be able to interact with smaller groups or with individuals.

I then thought how those dynamic speakers that are so good with large audiences were sort of like bonfires and how maybe I am just a little campfire or even a candle type of guy; not good at illuminating a large area but I do pretty good in smaller venues. Well, that got me to thinking how even a huge bonfire starts with a little, tiny flame and that even if only a candle, He can use me. AND….if there are a lot of candle types like me who, as individuals are little flickers and only illuminate a small area, but when enough of us are letting our lights shine, individually and as a group, then the light that comes off would be blinding.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  Matthew 5:16


8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Ephesians 5:8-10


I know that I am not THE Light, Jesus is that true light. I hope to be a reflection of Him and His glory. I will be a small light, that was lit from the True Light. I may not be one to be a bonfire, but I can be that little light that will light other little lights. I may not be one to speak well before large audiences, but I can do well with the onesies and twosies and have an impact for God.


Lord, I praise You and thank You for all the lessons I learned as a child, and that I am relearning in a deeper sense now. I ask in Jesus name that I let my light shine and that You help me to let it shine brighter and brighter for Christ’s Glory. I ask that You draw us all closer to You and help us all be a reflection of Jesus and the blessings we can obtain when we seek Him. I pray that all would come to know You and Your majesty.



I hope all have a blessed day and that you let your lights shine as well and that as it shines it illuminates someone else’s darkness and you are blessed by your light.



2 thoughts on “This little light.

  1. This is really insightful . . . I too feel like you . . . I have this little spark in me that reflects the true Light and if I can kindle it in others we could make a nice “bonfire” for the Lord! ~ Be and stay blessed ~


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