little light that’s mine

“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.”  What is it about this little children’s church song that lingers?  Is it just the catchy tune?

I don’t think so.

I think it’s the simplicity of the message that resonates.  When we watch these tiny, precious humans singing this familiar refrain we long for them to take hold of the reality.   To grasp the importance.  To recognize they are good enough just the way they are.   Their unique and individual lights will sparkle.  The effervescence of their beings unlimited.

We hear their sweet refrain and we’re rooting for them to go out and turn their lights on.  Bright.

Go shine.

Somewhere between the time we first sing this song as children and where we find ourselves today we forget that simple message.

It’s clear.  It’s that easy.  The awareness that we can just be ourselves and be effective.  We forget how if we just don’t hide who we are, we actually can be instruments used to bring out the very best in someone else.  Our being combining with their being to make two more complete, better humans.

Sometimes all someone needs today is your smile.  That’s it.  Or your words of kindness.  Or your laugh at their joke.  Or your sensitivity to their need.

Sometimes all someone needs today to make their day completely different is you – just being you.

“Hide it under a bush, OH NO! I’m going to let it shine.”   The next verse.

Matthew 5:14  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Where have you been hiding your light?   What do you allow to dim you?  Why?

Let your light grow.

Be you.  You may be just the light that someone needs today.

Go shine!

It’s actually just that simple.


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