This Little Light of Mine

There’s just something about the songs we sang in church when were little isn’t there? These songs were so catchy and I for one know that the older I have gotten that what I thought were simple songs actually have a deeper meaning.

One of those songs of course would be “This Little Light of Mine.” Somewhere between having the opportunity to teach this song to dozens of giggling preschoolers whose favorite part was yelling out “No!” after hiding it under a bushel and reading today’s passage, the Lord has proven that with simple childlike faith, He will reveal the areas in my life that need light shed on it.

Matthew 5:14-15 says,

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

“This Little Light of Mine“- Isn’t it amazing that the light that is mentioned in these verses is not given to us by the world but by the Almighty Creator of it? And what is given by Him the world can’t take away. He promises to supply us with our every need and the more that we seek Him the more we look like Him. In doing this, we begin to look different from this dark world that desperately needs His light.

“I’m going to let it shine.”- It’s our choice whether or not to let our light shine. In some cases, it’s easier to do so than in others but it’s important to always strive to be a light wherever God places us. You never know who is watching and who needs the hope that you have!

“Hide it under a bushel?”-  The enemy has many strategies: fear, distraction, and confusion are just a few. He would like nothing more than to hide that light from others so when those moments arise pray through them and don’t get discouraged!

“No!”– Oh, the favorite part of the song! A chance for a child to yell out in the sanctuary and not get in trouble for it ;). But it’s so important to stand firm and refuse to back down on what we know is the truth.

By doing all these things our light will shine bright and only God knows how many lives will be touched through it. 🙂

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Don’t Be So Shallow!

“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:7

It’s that time of year again! The time many of us travel to the beach and soak up some sun (or get burnt for my fellow fair-skinned people). A time for us to take perfect pictures, maybe even pretty enough to not even need a filter and just try to enjoy some hard earned rest and relaxation.

Whether you are beach lover or not, I think we can agree that seeing the ocean expand as far as the eye can see is a breathtaking sight. I have always enjoyed this view and have even ventured out to enjoy the waters, although the older I get the more I enjoy the pool. Regardless, we all know that as relaxing as the sound of crashing waves are while we get our tan have a different effect on us than when we are out there. Sometimes they can even knock us down, especially for those us who are already vertically challenged but I digress.

The deep can be scary. We want the familiar. We want things the way they have always been even if that means settling so we don’t rock the boat (pun totally intended).

So why is it that God calls us to go deeper in our spiritual walk?

Because if we stay in the shallow end there is no challenge. There is no change. And there is no chance of something new.

If the enemy can trick us and have us stay where we have always been he wins because we won’t be effective in furthering God’s kingdom.

But if we dare to go deeper He will give us strength and a peace like we have never known. We do this by diving deeper into His word, growing in our relationships with others, and knowing who we are in Christ.

Friend, I am praying that you have a heart that allows God to take you deeper even when you are scared. In those moments of concern or fear, just remember our Savior walks on water and always pulls us up when we start to sink under the weight of our worries. (Matthew 14:22-32).