Summer Lessons: Let Your Light Shine

{written by Rachel Pickel}

It goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway), that we live in some scary times. And it’s probably been that way since the beginning of time. We are women, both fearless and fearful, raising our children in an unstable and crazy world. As a believer, I feel I’m more fearful because I know the work of darkness and Satan are rampant. Or perhaps because I am familiar with world history (and yes, it always repeats itself – ALWAYS).

But in all of this fear and darkness, I’m reminded of the need for LIGHT.

The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life-of whom shall I be afraid?  Psalms 27:1 NIV

As Christians, especially for myself, being the news junkie I am, we see a lot of darkness going on. You name it – terrorism, racial tensions, consumerism, glorification of pride, sex, and money –  lots of ‘bad’-isms that take our eyes, our focus, and our hearts away from God and Christian living. Some might even say living a Christian life is “passé” or “out of touch” or “old-fashioned” or “zealous” or insert any negative description of Christian life here.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

When Jesus predicted his death and was speaking to a group of both believers and unbelievers, he instructed them to walk in the light, before it was too late.

“Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you.  Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going.  Believe in the light while you have light, so that you may become children of light.”  John 12:35-36 NIV

We too, have the same opportunity to walk in light.

We have started something.  We started life – literally – we made babies.  We started family – a family unit where we raise our children in a home of faithful Christian beliefs.  All of those negatives don’t have to continue through us and through our family – thus onto the next generation.

It both ENDS and BEGINS with us.

But only if we let GOD lead the way.  It starts with being the LIGHT as the Christian Mothers in this crazy, dark world.

Instead of focusing on the bad things going on (which I can be caught doing frequently), let’s try to focus on being a light in the darkness.  Rather than stick our heads in the sand and become oblivious to the world around us (as a busy mommy – I can also be caught doing this), let’s stick our necks OUT and become the lamp.

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.  Your eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light.  But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.  See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.  Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”  Luke 11:33-36 NIV

Rather than keeping the small light we have to ourselves, our families, and those in our inner circles, we must set it out for the world to see.  We should be a living example (messy and faithful all in the same breath) to the lost, the doubting, the hurt, and the unbelievers.  We should shine and give them a reason TO BECOME believers.

Imagine if we all started shining our Light just a little more.

It’s contagious.  It’s warm and inviting.  It’s what Jesus and the early Christians did in a time that was way more scary than it is now (really …. Lions. I’ll leave it at that).

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine!

Let it Shine!  Let it Shine!  Let it Shine!



One thought on “Summer Lessons: Let Your Light Shine

  1. Love it! Did you see the video I posted of Jimmy Carter singing Let it shine along with the Angel street girls? It was so awesome. It was a little glimpse of heaven. Presidents and young girls from an under-resourced neighborhood in Memphis, singing praises to God.


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