“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”
Does anyone else remember that verse from childhood days in Sunday school class or perhaps vacation Bible school? Yes, we would all stand up in front of our families, friends, and neighbors gesturing in unison our hands uncovering a candle being held. The parents, the teachers and the preacher smiled in appreciation for our efforts.
Several weeks ago after church service I shared with a friend that I was feeling extremely irrelevant in today’s world, that a majority of my neighbors followed the beat of a different drummer socially and politically, and alas, even within our congregation there was division and discord. We talked at length about the political climate, the lack of congenial discourse, the increase of violence. From previous conversations I knew she was on the same page as I regarding tolerance of and inclusion for differing walks in life.
We talked awhile consoling each other when she twinkled an eye and began singing softly, “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”
Yes, that is what we do as messengers of a Higher Power which embraces things not born of this worldly system, but extremely relevant to our journey. We shine forth with what we know as truth. In our AA literature humility is defined as “a clear recognition of what and who we really are, followed by a sincere attempt to become who we could be.”
All too often we view this “humility” thing as a negative, we see it as needing to release pride and self pursuit. But, if we recognize the greatness which God has empowered within each of us, if we realize the inherent spiritual connection, then we can begin to feel and believe that we do indeed have something to share with the world in which we live. We are relevant to today’s worldly problems when we understand through genuine humility who we truly are and what our purpose is.
I don’t need a lighthouse, a beacon on a hill, the bright lights of fame, nor the adoration of the multitudes to walk this path with purpose or relevance. I’ve been given my own personal little candle to hold and, by the grace of God, I’m gonna let it shine.