“This Little Light of Mine…”

     So, recently, our team has kind of "adopted" a cute, children's song most of you are probably familiar with, "This Little Light of Mine". We bust out in this song whenever we can… whether we are riding in the tuk tuk or attending Friday night worship at the center. We have begun creating our own verses, and I even find myself narrating my life to the tune of this song! ("Brushing my teeth in the morning, I'm gonna let it shine…" or "Riding in mr. Seng's tuk tuk, we're gonna let it shine…" And that's just a glimpse into our crazy song-making.) Although, when you have this song stuck in your head 24-hours a day, you start to realize the words make real, applicable sense. Just look at how the second verse goes: "Hide it under a bush, Oh No! I'm gonna let it shine…" Just soak in the straight-forward simplicity of that line for a second. God calls us to let our light for Him shine. And not just a normal-living-room-lamp kind of shine, but an almost-hard-to-look-directly-at-but-you-can't-help-it-'cuz-it's-so-beautiful kind of shine. So, we teach this song to kids because we want them to believe it, right? Well, when on Earth did this song become just for kids? Why has it become that as we grow up talking about God becomes "complicated" or "uncomfortable"? How many opportunities to spread God's word have we let pass by because you don't want to make things "awkward"?

     God doesn't call us to spread His word when we feel like it or when it fits into our schedule. No! He says with complete clarity in 2 Timothy 4:2," Preach the word of God. Be perisistant, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching." Whether the time is favorable or not; whether you feel like it or not; whether it is awkward or not. God doesn't give us wiggle room here. He calls us, no, commands us to go and preach His Good News. I am writing this as a reminder to myself just as much, if not more, as I am writing this for you guys. I can think of countless times I have had an opportunity or I felt God saying "Now! Tell them about me now!", but I chose to listen to the little voice in my head telling me "Don't be 'that' girl that makes everything super awkward." I didn't want to put my social life on the line. And yet, how cool is it that God doesn't hoold us to the "three strikes, your out" rule? He continues to give us grace upon gracen and chances upon chances. All we have to do is fall back, and trust He isn't going to let us fall through the cracks. The reward we get for a little obediance and trust surpasses everything we can possibly imagine. God has promised us the Kingdom of Heaven! All He asks for is faithfulness, love, and obediance.

So, I don't know about you, but I want that perfect reward… even if it does mean some awkward silences.


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