I switched on the light of the flashlight that I held in my hand and smiled as it lit up the dark night around me immediately. Suddenly, everything around me was clear. I knew I wouldn’t trip over my siblings’ toys or that pesky wheelbarrow when I was holding that bright light.
But looking around as I walked through the grass to the shed, I noticed how much of the darkness that my light didn’t touch. Even though the flashlight I held gave off a strong and powerful beam, it barely lit up any of the inky darkness surrounding me.
Sometimes, we feel like this in real life. We’re all little lights shining for Jesus, but in a giant world of darkness, we can feel quite small. In a country where darkness is the norm, our lights can be trampled down and distinguished.
As teenage girls trying to shine in the world, it can be especially hard. How do we make our lights brighter to reach more people when the world is trying to persuade us to shut off our lights and join in their blind race through darkness? Here are 4 different ways just for you.
10 Little Lights = 1 Big Light
Community matters in Christianity, because we may feel small being one little light, but when a bunch of lights join together it can create one big beam.
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10: 24-25
As we fellowship with each other and work together to shine even brighter, we’ll also be helping each other and spurring each other on to go into the world and do good works. It’s like a win win. A double whammy. A… well, I think you get the point. 😉
Dare to Be Different
One way to let our lights shine in the world is to dare to be different than the rest of the sinful world. How? By choosing not to go to that party everyone else is, by choosing not to post seductive selfies on Instagram for attention, or by choosing not to do the things everyone else is doing to fit in with the world.
We should dare to be different and shine for Jesus and for Jesus alone. If we try to shine for the world, we’ll only come out dim. Jesus makes us brighter.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:5-7
Don’t Let Satan Blow It Out
Remember that song we all sang in Sunday School and AWANA so many times, This Little Light of Mine? The second verse goes…
Don’t let Satan blow it out,
I’m gonna let it shine
Satan will try as hard as he can to blow our lights out, but we’re going to let them shine (more on how to kick the devil’s butt here). By beating Satan down and lifting our lights out of his reach, we’re becoming brighter for the world to see.
Have a wonderful day, girls! And don’t forget to let your lights shine. 🙂