the light we “might have” given

Arise, shine; For your light has come!  And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.

Isaiah 60:1

Have you ever compared yourself to another Christian? Have you ever thought that perhaps you didn’t have “as much” to offer? Maybe you aren’t as colorful with your gifts; perhaps your holiest thoughts tumble out like bricks. Or, perhaps you are absoutely petrified to say the word “Jesus” in earshot of anyone else.

That’s okay. Exactly where you are is a beautiful place.

Know that God’s unique and brilliant crafting of you was no accident—He is perfect and has a perfectly designed task ahead for you in this very day. That task will have your special brand of faith woven into it. Perhaps it’s a smile or hug to a downcast soul, a dollar squeezed in a Salvation Army tin, or a bowl of hot soup for a neighbor down with the flu. Whatever your contribution of Light may be to the world today know that your Light—freely given—is an expression of God’s holiness to the world. And that expression will be perfect.

Hold fast to truth, beloved. Your personal opinion of yourself has nothing to do with God’s opinion of you and who He’s made you to be. So be a Light in big ways, small ways, or even sideways. All Light makes a difference in this world—if we choose to shine.


Twas but a little light she bore

While standing at the open door;

A little light, a feeble spark,

And yet it shown out through the dark

With cheerful ray, and gleamed afar

As brightly as the polar star.

A little light dispels the gloom

That gathers in the shadowed room

Where want and sickness find their prey,

And night seems longer than the day,

And hearts with many troubles cope

Uncheered by one slight ray of hope.

It may be little we can do

To help another, it is true;

But better is a little spark

Of kindness when the way is dark,

Than one should miss the road to heaven

For lack of light we might have given.


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How do you get through the times when you feel that what you have to give online just isn’t good enough?

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  • http://www.justachick.com dedra herod

    I pray. I surrender my flesh to Him. I pray. I ask Him to help me die to my self or worldly expectations. I pray. Then I ask Him to use me in spite of myself.

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  • Anonymous

    I surrender everything I think I’m not and press on in everything God says I am! I’m adding “expectations,” to that along w/ you, Dedra. That releases a ton of luggage so we can travel light and shine!

  • Julie Kolb

    I think of the childrens song “This little light of mine” and the line..”Don’t let Satan blow it out”…In other words, don’t give in to the devil’s crummy lies…Those are what those self doubts are…Even if your light is “little” it’s still shining…

  • Tami Heim

    Amen, Julie! Isn’t it amazing how children’s songs take us back to truth – truth we didn’t fully understand when we first learned to sing them? God does BIG things with the littlest of littles. Thanks for replanting that song in my heart today!

  • Michelle Sarabia

    I constantly have to remind myself that it’s not for me, but Him. That they are not my words, but His words. At times I just want to give up and quit writing. Then I am reminded how He is stretching me in those uncomfortable places and molding me into His creation.

  • Tami Heim

    …molding us all into His perfect image. Thanks Michelle.

  • Tami Heim

    I always go back to that place of surrender, too Dedra. Just when I think I’ve let go, I find myself holding on to something else that needs to be released. I love that He uses us in spite of ourselves-our imperfections-our brokenness.

    I find myself reviewing how Paul, in II Corinthians chapter 4, breaks it down message, light, and what we are to do with all of it. I find great encouragement in his perspective.

    “Remember, our message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus to you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful. If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives.”

    God never wastes a willing heart. Thanks for sharing yours with all of us.

  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    I remind myself that it only takes a spark to touch one heart. It’s my responsibility to shine my little light. It’s His responsibility to disperse it.