This Little Light Of Mine…
…I’m Going To Let It Shine!
“…You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14-16 (MSG)
In the opening scene of the movie, What’s Love Got To Do With It, a young Anna Mae Bullock (aka Tina Turner) is rehearsing This Little Light of Mine with the church choir. Little Anna Mae is full of light as she sings and innocently adds a little flavor to the song with her ad libs and four-part harmony. As she is scolded by the choir director for her exuberance or as she put it, wild gyratin’ and blues shoutin’, you can see Anna Mae’s light start to fade. However, that didn’t last long. Soon after the song starts up again her light just couldn’t be contained. Even as she was unceremoniously escorted out of the church being pulled by her ear, she kept on singing, clapping, ad libbing, and letting her little light shine.
That scene sticks out to me because it reminds me of the innately divine light we are all born with. What happened to Tina Turner as a child happens to most of us in the church. As children we are full of light and life. We are explorers trying to find ourselves as we navigate our way through life. However, at various points along our journey we are often bombarded with messages that unconsciously causes us to suppress our true selves and feelings. Our parents, society and church folks have mastered the art of manipulation to the point where we are easily sucked into their psychological traps. They are so convincing that as we get older, we begin to ask ourselves questions like, “Who do I need to become to fit in?”
As a result, we perfect the art of wearing a mask, hiding parts of ourselves until the full expression of our light is so dim it can hardly be seen. We dial down our light and compromise who we are because we desperately want love, validation and approval from our parents, families and pastors. We do everything in our power to adjust our light, so others are happy and comfortable while we suffer in silence. When we compromise our essence in any relationship, we betray ourselves. And in doing so, a part of us dies. In some cases, some of us choice to end it all.
“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.”
You have the right to let your light shine! This “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” mentality we’ve subscribed to only dims our light and in some cases extinguishes it. Believe me, playing small serves no one. In fact, when you let your light shine, it reminds those around you of the very same light inside of them. How can your light guide the lost if they can’t see it?
I pray that we stop allowing these ministries to put dimmer switches on our light for titles, vestments, positions and paychecks. When we allow this to happen the world misses out on our amazing gifts and talents. So, don’t be afraid to live, worship and work authentically and unapologetically in your truth. Let your light shine bright because someone in the world is looking for it.
“If I make you light bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?”
Yes, contrary to popular belief you too are the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. One of the first thing God created was light, so why wouldn’t God put light in us?! There’s a light deep down in your heart and soul that’s desperately seeking to fully express itself again. I know you can feel it…just let your soul glow!
True freedom only happens when we love and accept ourselves unconditionally, despite what others might say and/or think. Don’t allow the opinions, beliefs and behaviors of others to destroy your inner peace. Don’t allow them to dim your light! Freedom is your ultimate birthright! It can’t be bought, sold, brokered, or acquired. You were born a sovereign being with intrinsic, absolute and unconditional freedom. Nothing and no one can ever take it away from you.
It was for this freedom that Christ set us free [completely liberating us]; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery [which you once removed]. Galatians 5:1