Let Your Light Shine!

I love lighthouses! Vacationing in the New England area of Maine and New Hampshire, there are lots of lighthouses to see. Each follows a similar pattern of being tall enough for the light to be seen at sea and positioned on land close enough to the coast to reach ships not yet in harbor. The point is the light needs to be seen to do any good.

There was a song we kids sang in Sunday School and at Vacation Bible School. It is called “This Little Light of Mine” written by Harry Dixon Loes in the 1920’s! The chorus went like this: “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…”

What kind of light is Harry talking about? It’s the light that comes from knowing Jesus. The Bible talks about Christians being “the light of the world” in Matthew 5:14. Light is supposed to be seen, and is needed to see in darkness.

Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV) says:

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

Confessing my sin and asking Jesus to be my Savior and Lord took away my sin and gave me a new life. We Believers understand that Jesus died on a cross to pay for sin. He took the punishment for sin we deserve. Consequently sin is forgiven and we have the promise of eternal life if we will receive Him as our Savior. We receive Him by admitting our sin, asking His forgiveness, and giving Him control of our lives. I cannot be a light to the world if I am living in darkness.

So how do you accomplish this task of letting your light shine?

How many times have you overheard someone talking about their problems? Have you ever considered going to that person and offering some encouragement? That’s a way to let your light shine. Sharing a Bible verse that helped you through a difficult time is a good way to “let your light shine”.

Be a blessing to others by coming alongside when they’re struggling. Sometimes the answer is as simple as pitching in and helping. My best friend used to hate washing dishes. So whenever I went to her house, I helped her get the job done. We wanted to be free to visit and hang out!

Another way to “let your light shine” is by having a good attitude and a sweet spirit. Don’t let life’s trials and drama get you down. It’s only temporary, and even if your trial is long and unchanging and seemingly hopeless, you are not alone. This song always reminds me to speak up about my faith in Jesus because He has the solution to our problems and concerns. You can be an encourager to help people keep going even when life is hard. Come alongside and do what you can to ease their way.

Whenever someone is struggling with life’s issues, don’t hesitate to share your personal testimony of how your faith in Jesus helped you.

When I went up into the tip top of a lighthouse, I had to be careful because the stairs were narrow and the space was narrow. I was a little nervous, but the view from the top was worth it! It was like climbing a mountain. You can’t see too far ahead, but once you get to the top and look out, you can see far away. Looking down, you can see how far you’ve come. So purpose in your heart to always look out and up! Keep going, and let your light shine! Be a blessing to others in a way that will please Jesus.

Linda is an inspirational writer and photographer. Her writing has been published in Relate.com, Union Gospel Press, Gospel Blog, Frontline, Dollar Stretcher, Discipleship Journal - DJ Plus, At the Center magazine, Simple Joy, Cross & Quill, Hot Cars, and others. Linda's story "Stretched to My Limit" about dealing with dementia was featured in "Stolen Moments" by Elizabeth Bezant. Linda's first non-fiction book was "Homeschooling: The Modern Day One Room Schoolhouse." In it, she shares her experience as a homeschooling mom, explaining the basic principles of homeschooling for the beginner. She successfully completed her first fiction novel through Chris Baty's 2006 National Novel Writing Course (NaNoWriMo). Linda also writes inspirational articles on her Words of Encouragement Blog. Enjoy Linda's photos at Words of Encouragement Designs.

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