This Giant Light of Mine

“This little light of mine,
I’m going to let it shine!
This little light of mine,
I’m going to let it shine, let it shine, let it shine,
Let it shine!”

How many of you now have that song stuck in your head because you started humming or singing along by line 2? 

You’re welcome! 😉

Yeah. Like many of you I’ve known that song and all it’s verses for ever. 

As I got older and headed off to church camp in the summers, I learned a slightly different version of the song. 

Addison Road – This Little Light Of Mine Music Video from addison-road on GodTube.

Young adult days brought a third version into my repertoire. I still can’t be trusted to lead this song during worship due to the fact I can’t guarantee what version might come out of my mouth.

Regardless of the words or the version of the song, I learned more about shining my light teaching youth group and raising toddlers than singing the words over and over.

One year as youth leader, one of our youth started holding up BOTH index fingers during the “this little light of mine part” because they had two little lights, not just one and they should shine everything they had. 

Yes. Yes they should. I encouraged the behavior.

Not long after that trend began, I was traveling to a youth revival service with my toddlers buckled in car seats in the back. They were singing to pass the time on the drive. As we launched into “This Little Light”, my son stops and says, “I don’t have a little light! I have TEN little lights and that makes a pretty big light. I’m going to shine them ALL!”

As we sang he had both hands raised in the back seat. Ten little lights shining.

Are we selling the light we shine short? 

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. 
Matthew 5:14-16

I don’t know about you, but the light that shines within me is only limited by my perspective of that light and the adjective I use to describe it. The Light itself is immense and large enough to illuminate the entire world at one time. 

Why are we so busy trying to protect the Light? Cupping our hands around it hoping the breeze won’t blow it out? 

Sure, we are reaching out helping others, we are loving like Jesus loves, we are feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, housing the orphans, taking care of the widows, but we do all of it silently as if we’re doing something to be ashamed of. We’re hiding the works God is doing through us under a bucket, and that is about as useful as putting a candle under a bucket.

What are you currently doing that is allowing God’s light to shine through you? Are you trying to limit the light or are you inviting others to bask in it and glorify our Father?

I’m making changes in my daily life by giving up commitments and responsibilities that I think might move me up the ladder in order to chase the dreams I feel God is calling me to–and I’m telling others about it. I’m supposed to write, teach, and speak. So, I’m carving out time to do that. What will the end product look like?

Glorifying God by shining forth His light.

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15 responses to this post.

  1. I admit, I had the song going around my head while reading the verse.


  2. I grinned as I typed those lyrics. I knew it would “stick”. I'm a little obnoxious like that. 😉 Thanks for taking the time to join the conversation! I truly appreciate it!!!!!


  3. That has to be the the second song I learned as a kid right after Jesus Loves Me. Thanks for sharing about shining our light for the Kingdom. God put a light in us for a reason and I believe that if we follow His direction, we shall be blessed beyond measure 🙂


  4. I think the best thing we can do to reflect the Creator's light is to love those around us, comfort them when needed, encourage them and strengthen them.


  5. Carrie,
    I remember welcoming a new neighbor into the 'hood and feeling very embarrassed as a child (prob around 5th grade). Actually, I baked the cake but would have rather anyone delivered it but me. But my family made me do it. I'm so glad they did! I'm a lot more open about it now, thank goodness! My sister was the best one I ever knew for loving people in His name. I am so happy that you are embracing your calling and I am enjoying your posts that reflect your journey!


  6. I always have loved this song! Thanks for linking up at OMHG WW this week!


  7. Yikes, I know I am called to write, speak and teach too and I have just taken on something that has nothing to do with that calling at all!! But I sensed it was something the Lord brought about for me so I am following. It is a course and if I pass I will have a short term job. Perfect timing for many reasons but now that Monday is almost here … I realize how much I love blogging but know that with our move in several months this little job will keep me occupied until I need to have our house ready for sale. Oh, I feel like I have rambled but I can see this as a way of God letting my light shine a little bit brighter in our community and to touch the hearts of people I would not have met.


  8. Neeci,

    Isn't it fun to reminisce the songs we learned in childhood? Zacheus, Deep and Wide, Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock (Can't remember the name of that one. 🙂 ), and Father Abraham. When I was leading worship I liked to throw one of those in every once in a while. They always brought great joy to everyone!


  9. Francene,

    How right you are! Please keep dropping in!


  10. Amy,

    I push my kiddos to do those things. I'd like to say it's so they could learn the right things, and it is, but it's also because I know the right things to do but I don't want to deliver the cake either. Bake it? Yep. Deliver it in person? Nope.

    I tend to drop food off anonymously to people we know going through chemo. Sometimes for ALL of their treatment dates. I don't need them to know. Nor do I want the emotion or gratitude that comes with being found out. However, I've been being shown that sometimes people can't see God when we continuously hide our works.


  11. Thank you for dropping in to visit! I loved linking up!!!


  12. Jeannie,

    Many times our plans are not His plans. And His plans outweigh ours every time. Good luck with your class! I love to learn new things! Please come back and visit again!!!


  13. Beautiful Carrie. Spreading the Light is one of the responsibilities we have in letting others know the truth of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives. I enjoyed hearing the adjustments you are making to follow the path Christ has laid down for you to follow. It's so easy, loose focus on God's designed plan. May you and your family and friends continue carrying out God's will. Have a great week.


  14. Encouraging post. We all need to do everything we can to be a shining light in a fallen world. I like that you are encouraging another generation to do the same. Sometimes we do have to drop some activities to ensure our actions are lining up with God's will for our lives.


  15. I have never heard the version by Addison Road but love it! We had a guest pastor at our church recently and he talked about letting our light shine and had a similar message to you. He added, we often don't think our little light is enough to make a difference but then he turned out all the lights in the church and had a flame at the front and everyone could see it. If everyone can see one tiny light in this world of darkness, imagine the difference when we bring all our little lights together! Thank you for your encouragement and for lighting the way. 🙂 Glad to have you as part of the CBCE!


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