To go along with having cute, little category names for each day of the week, I chose “SONshine” for Saturdays. Even if I hadn’t though, I couldn’t think of a better topic to write about on this day especially.
In 20 mins, I have to leave my apartment to work a long, double shifts today at the Mexican restaurant where I started working on Thursday night. Since it’s Cinco de Mayo (the national holiday for Mexico), today is the biggest/most busy day in the Mexican restaurant industry. With this being said, I’m rushing to write this so post because I have so much that I want to say today through the post! (Please forgive any grammar errors that may be present for lack of time to edit.)
I can remember growing up and singing that song, “This Light of Mine.” “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine… Hide it under a basket? No! I’m gonna let it shine… Let it shine! Let it shine! Let it shine!” Here I am 15 years later from singing that song in Sunday school and VBS, and yet, I have been singing it over and over in my head these past few days since starting my new job.
Whenever we are in a new place, especially a place completely different from where we’ve been before, it’s easy to want to blend in with others. As humans, we were made to live in community. But what do we do when we are placed somewhere that seems to have no light at all? Or maybe just a little? Do we fall into it, as well, or do we shine brilliantly, trying to light the whole place up on our own?
Neither one. We should let our little light shine…
The beautiful thing that I am learning right now while working at this restaurant is that no individual person can completely change a situation instantly. On the other hand, attitudes and the spirit that someone bears are contagious–the good and the bad spirit/attitudes alike have the ability to spread beyond the inside of a person’s soul, mind, heart and reach others. Therefore, I know that I can’t just walk into that restaurant and transform it with Christ’s love in even 3 days. But one person, one situation, one apology for messing up, one act of service at a time, I can let my little light shine…
It’s all about carrying what little, yet brilliantly enflamed candle we have and using it to light someone else’s candle.
But in order for us to even be able to do this, we must be humble enough to admit that we only carry a candle light from the flame of Someone much greater than ourselves… It’s the light of Christ shining through us, and it should be our honor and utmost privilege to carry it carefully, yet purposefully, around wherever we go. Even in the darkest of places, just one, little candle is enough to make a difference. As one candle lights another…. then another… the darkness will eventually fade away. But it starts with a single candle, just a little light…
Today, let your little light shine.
Praying your day is filled with Sonshine,