You’ve probably heard that song “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, let it shine, let it shine.” I’ve sang it countless times with my children and grandson without thinking about how important “our light” really is.
Philippians 2:15 says, “that ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;” Wow, did the importance of that song, mostly sung by children, smack me upside the head after reading that verse.
No doubt, we are living in a “crooked and perverse nation.” Sometimes it’s easy to be a party to the thinking that all that is going on is bad. It’s very true that there is a lot of bad going on, but we don’t have to let that squelch down the “light” that is in us. What is being a light, you may ask? It’s striving to have the brightness of a diamond that points others to the God that made them and loves them. This is not to say that you are perfect, because none of us are, but that your striving to please him and doing your best to show his love towards others. If we’ve lost that shine we once had, just take a look at our lives and see where we are slipping and then confess sin, if necessary and get back on track.
This is so important in all of our lives, but especially being a wife and mother. Our families need us to be strong light bearers, for their good. In fact, we as women can be tone setters in our homes, jobs, circles of friends, and bring that light out anywhere we are. I know you’ve heard the phrase, “if momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.” Well there’s some real truth in that. Isn’t it true that if we are in a bad mood, everyone knows it?
The verse right before Phil. 2:15, v. 14, says: “Do all things without murmurings and disputings.” This would be a great place to start when it comes to being a light. There are lots of things to murmur and dispute about, but doing so makes that light, that can shine bright, go very dim, and then we become not much good as light bearers. We should focus on our real reason for letting our light shine, that being, v. 16: “Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.” We are to live to glorify God and do good unto others, directing them toward Christ.
When we realize that in everything we do, we are doing it to let Christ show forth in us and pray to be used that way, God is in that desire and will help you when you pray and ask.
We can be different this way, a difference that others see; but it points them to God and not to us. When we have that positive attitude and joyful spirit because we want to make a difference in other’s lives, we will make a difference, and our lights will shine.
Until next time, God Bless