This little light of mine. I'm going to let it shine. Let it shine.
We sang these words in unison, holding up our phones with the flashlight app running in the back. When I heard the song, I was immediately brought back to childhood. It's one of those songs that's forever ingrained in your memory but easily forgotten. I never thought or took into consideration what those lyrics meant or symbolize. If you really think about it, it's a truly amazing song.
We all have a unique light within us. God gave us gifts and passions, and He wants us to share it with the world. It sounds so cliche or "Christian-y" but it's true. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes insecurity gets the best of us. Sometimes the enemy whispers lies (Actually, always) and sometimes we believe them.
Sometimes we make excuses:
I'm too busy
I'm not good enough
I'm not ready
We have 1 of 2 choices. We can either let our light dimmer and slowly die, or accept our gift and let it grow.
All my life, I was told by my parents and friends that I have a gift of singing. My parents would encourage me to sing at family gatherings, join the praise band, sing at Easter and Christmas services, and create opportunities for myself. They always supported my passion for singing and I am so grateful for that. When I was in elementary school, my mom volunteered me to sing at a friend's gathering. I crawled under the table and started singing. In one of my college classes, I mustered the courage to sing in front of my class but I sang with my back facing them. My excuse was I didn't know the lyrics by heart so I needed to look at the projection screen. #Cringe Because I'm generally shy and an introvert, I'd rather sing in front of a camera and share it on Facebook or sing at the top of my lungs while no one is around.
I'm learning that my gift is special. When I meet God, I want to hear Him say "Well done. You didn't let your gift go to waste." If I die tomorrow, I want to know that I shared my gift and used my voice to share the Gospel. If you're struggling to use your gift, I encourage you to see it from God's perspective. Ask yourself why He decided to give you the gift and not someone else. He could have given it to anyone but He chose you. There's a reason for it. Don't question it.
Call on God to provide courage when you need it, and don't let anyone or anything stop you. Let your light shine.