This Little Light of Mine

When I was growing up, every single time we got into the car it became sing-a-long time. We would sing-a-long with the radio, but most of the time we would sing oldies (my dad is a big Herman’s Hermits fan), hymns, and children’s favorites. To this day, I can’t get into a car without the radio on, and I can usually be found to be singing along.

One of my childhood favorites is the song, “This Little Light of Mine.” I loved singing this song.

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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
Hide it under a bush?
Oh, no! I’m gonna let it shine.
Hide it under a bush?
Oh, no! I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine till Jesus comes
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine till Jesus comes
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine all over the world
I’m gonna let it shine
Let is shine all over the world
I’m gonna let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine
Let it shine.

 

As I think of this song today, it is amazing to me how often I have sang this song without giving any thought to the message behind it.

The message is so simple, and yet something we have a tendency to ignore or think that it applies to other people but not us.

Each of us has a light within us. We can let this light shine for all to see, or we can hide our lights under a bush.

Each of us has something to give. Each of us has something that we are designed for.

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We all have a light inside of us. At times it glows more brightly than at other times, but it is there inside of each of us.

We have a choice. We can nourish that flame so that it burns more brightly, or we can hide the flame, keep it hidden or douse it all together so that nobody sees that light.

For most of my life, I have hidden my light. It has seemed easier to sit back and not let my voice be heard.

But it really hasn’t been easier. It has left me lonely and isolated at times.

By refusing to let my light shine, I am not being true to myself, but more importantly I am not honoring God.

Letting our lights shine isn’t about our glory. Letting our lights shine is about giving God the glory.

It’s about being true to ourselves and the dreams that God has given us so that when other people look at us they see Jesus.

I like how Addison Road’s version of “This Little Light of Mine” puts it:

“In this life you will know
Love and pain, joy and sorrow
So when it hurts, when times get hard
Don’t forget whose child you are”

You are God’s child, and He put this light within you. Honor Him by letting your light shine.

Let it shine till Jesus comes.

18 Comment

  1. Love this post and the song! We always sang these songs in the car growing up too! I have to have the radio on, a CD playing, or just sing out loud myself (or maybe I always sing out loud hehe) to this day when I’m in the car. A silent car ride just is no fun!

    1. I agree! You can’t have a silent car ride. It’s just no fun!

  2. Beautiful, thought-provoking post. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Lisa!

  3. What an encouraging blog and great post!

    1. Thank you, Crystal!

  4. Great post! I’ve lived most of my life hiding my light out of fear of what others would think. But not anymore!! And it’s the most freeing feeling in the world!

    Love that song too!

    1. Thank you, Alecia! And yes, I agree that it is the most freeing feeling in the world when you start to let your light shine before others.

  5. Especially when we are kids, we sing-a-long without thought for the words. Often we misunderstand what would be an obvious meaning for an adult. I used to sing, “Give me oil in my lamb” instead of “Give me oil in my lamp!!”

    1. Judith, you are so right especially as kids.

  6. I remember singing this as a child and love the song by Addison Road. Great post! Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman’s Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

    1. Thank you, Jenifer!

  7. I love that song, and this post! Thanks for the reminder and encouragement!

    1. Thank you, Lily!

  8. I love those old hymns I used to sing as a little girl. Love this version. Beautiful reminder.

    1. Thank you, Adrienne!

  9. Hello, I think this was a strong message in a simple song! And I will say that most of us have had our voice taken from us in different ways.We at times feel invisible, yet I can hear in this post that you our wise and have something very powerful to share!
    Shine on and use this blog to be a light and exercise your voice!
    I wanted to thank you for coming to my blog and sharing, I look forward to growing a relationship with you via HIM!
    I have a blog post I will be posting one day called Finding Our Voices;
    Yours, Roxy
    Hey, email me so I have you so I can shoot you and email once in awhile!!

    1. Hi, Roxy! Thank you so much for your comments. I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to reply. I try to unplug on the weekends.

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