August 14, 2023

Taylor Abaroa
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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.”
Matthew 5:14-15

Made to Shine

Growing up, I learned the children’s song “This Little Light of Mine.” The words describe a series of different places that you could hide light (around the neighborhood, under a bushel, Satan blowing it out) followed by the response “No! I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, all the time, let it shine.” The song was derived from these very verses. God has created each one of us on purpose and for a purpose. When we choose to follow Jesus, we have the opportunity to represent the light of Christ to a world that is undoubtedly filled with darkness.

Several years ago, I taught this song to a small group of junior high girls that I was leading at the time. In the moment, they laughed at me nervously singing the song and accompanying the hand motions to match the words. However, when I run into the very same girls (now women) from that group, they often mimic the hand motions back to me. They haven’t forgotten the song and I pray they never forget the message.

Life circumstances, insecurity, busyness, pain, struggle, hardship, and Satan often try to damper our light. Instead, Jesus reminds us that we are light and that we are made to shine.