Well over 100 years ago, Susan Warner wrote a song that I sang frequently as a child. Jesus Bids Us Shine.
Jesus bids us shine with a clear, pure* light, Like a little candle burning in the night; In this world of darkness, we must shine, You in your small corner, and I in mine.
Jesus bids us shine, first of all for Him; Well He sees and knows it if our light is dim; He looks down from heaven, sees us shine, You in your small corner, and I in mine.
Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around, Many kinds of darkness in this world abound: Sin, and want, and sorrow—we must shine, You in your small corner, and I in mine.
I thought of this song as I read a comment on facebook this morning. Michael was writing to an acquaintance of mine who had emceed a band competition. He wrote: "Pat (Miller), thank you for your excellent emcee help this year. You have this amazing ability to make bands feel as tall as mountains after they perform..."
I pray, "God, please give me this ability!
To make those around me feel 'as tall as mountains'!
To shine with a clear, pure* light in this world of darkness.
In MY small corner. Amen."
*Last week Randy Alcorn tweeted: "Purity is always smart; impurity is always stupid.
Not sometimes. Not usually. Always. There are no exceptions."