This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine

By Samuel Lam

You all know this song. You probably have either heard it or sang it in the past. It’s a catchy song. The message is good. When we got a light in Jesus, don’t hide it. Let it shine.

I always understood what the song was about but I never really thought about it. I just went along with my life just understanding that I had to not hide who I am in Christ. During my devotionals yesterday morning, the topic covered these instructions.

I had never really put deep thought into the song, let alone what ways I can do to let my light shine. But after reading it (and the corresponding scripture), it made me realize how important it is to let it shine.

Can you hide a city that is sitting on top of a hill? Its light at night can be seen for miles. If we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like.

We hide our light by

(1) being quiet when we should speak,
(2) going along with the crowd,
(3) denying the light,
(4) letting sin dim our light,
(5) not explaining our light to others, or
(6) ignoring the needs of others.

Be a beacon of truth-don’t shut your light off from the rest of the world.

I was extremely humbled by reading this. Looking at this list, I can pinpoint times when I did all of these. So many times I’ve been presented the opportunity to let the light shine. Instead, I either hid it or just refused to acknowledge it.

This is also brought me back to one question: What is the light?

Even though the song says “little light,” I don’t know if that’s the best words to quantify how bright Jesus is. He’s my savior, my friend, my security blanket, he’s everything. In reality, the light is not little. It’s so bright, it’s like staring right into a construction light. Or the brightness is so big, I am a lighthouse and everyone can see me. Jesus is so bright, when people see me, they see His shine.

On Twitter, I always mention this phrase. In slang, it simply means keep working until you’ve made it to the top. It’s a good motto to have for life. It says that after you’ve worked your way to the top, people will see how great you are. They will see you shine.

I think about how many opportunities I’ve had to do something for Jesus to show how great He is. Have I done enough to grind for Jesus so He can shine? Sometimes I just forget how important Jesus is. I don’t remember how amazing He is. I try to contain it, knowing full well that such a bright light can’t be contained.

It’s easy to be quiet and not speak. It’s easy to let sin dim the light. It’s easy to simply not let the light shine. But as I look at what Jesus as done for me, He deserves all the opportunities to shine. He’s so bright, I want everyone to see it. I will grind to let Jesus shine.

Can we live our lives where people can see the shine? Can we be that person that shines so bright with Jesus?

No more hiding. No more ignoring. No more looking the other way. Jesus is too bright.

This little big light of mine, I’m gonna let shine.

Let Him shine.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)



Samuel Lam: Samuel is a Bay Area native living in Southern California working in sports media. He blogs on many topics, including sports, music, movies, travel and especially faith. Sam also runs his own personal sports blog on his free time. Check him out at: Green Eggs and Lam & But At The End Of The Day.


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