Little lights

Big light, little light, we should all shine.

In retrospect, I think the childhood chorus “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine,” was curated to tell the child that there is a light within, a light of passion, of purpose, fueled by the intrinsic gifts the maker has deposited in all of us, it’s a reminder to let that light out regardless of how small he or she may feel.

Somehow, on the journey to adulthood, we tend to forget this.

As we all reach to attain the perfectionism our institutions have created in our hearts, the words, “You’re not good enough, you can’t do it, you don’t have what it takes.” burn their way into our minds and threaten to eat up what is left of our childhood wonder, faith and sense of adventure.

Like a little light, we consistently belittle the progress and the victuals we’ve earned in the journey so far in life, work and relationships. The weight of unrealistic expectations and our half-empty appraisal of ourselves makes us think we are never going to be prepared enough to offer much, and we think we need to have it all figured out before we can take a step in the direction of our dreams, or be a blessing to others. Often times, the feeling of inadequacy that comes with this perfectionism prevents us from believing in the process that has gotten us to where we are and venturing in faith into the things we are supposed to do. We doubt Gods ability to work in and through us.

We fail to remember that “in the dark world of doubt and mediocrity, even the smallest lamp and faintest light will illuminate hope.”

So I will not hide my light under a bushel anymore. I am a light. My source is divine. A light burns in me. It may be little or big, but I would shine. As I shine, I grow and then shine some more.

Will you join me?

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MY INSPIRATION

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
~‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14-16‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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Sparked Up!

How the Holy Spirit fires up ordinary men to live extraordinary lives.

How I wish we do not dangerously leave the operations of the supernatural to pastors and church leaders alone – to those that have been ‘called by God’ into ‘ministry’. But we do. And too often.

God wants all of us to operate the level of the supernatural. His word is that He will pour out his spirit on “all flesh”. Joel 2:28. That means as many that comes with get a share of Himself.

If pilots, taxi cab chauffeurs, doctors, nurses, teachers, sailors, soldiers, students, politicians and Christians in all other professions operate a life of fullness of the Spirit, life will be much better.

Look at Stephen. If he lived next door or is my roommate, I will probably call him Steve. Steve was asked to be one of those, in our age, we will call welfare coordinators. To make sure that the material possessions donated by the members of the early church were equally distributed without bias between Grecians and Hebrews. To see to it that everything they had was shared in common and in love. He wasn’t asked to pray. Neither was He asked to teach the Word. He was asked to serve tables.

But see what the Holy Spirit did to Stephen’s life – when he agreed to operate in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Acts 6.

The Holy Spirit enarmoured him with wisdom. He was a wise guy. Honest. He was full of faith and power. And because of this, he did wonders and miracles among the people. A Welfare coordinator turned miracle worker, I hear you say. I disagree. It’s simply a cool Christian turned Holy Spirit-filled Christian.

Many of us are cool Christians. Too cool to spend hours in the place of prayer. We are too cool to jack up our faith level with the Word of God. Too cool to be Spirit- filled. Dangerously too cool.

God seeks men that will not cower away from the place of maturity. He needs children who will be responsible. Who understand the principles of the Kingdom and can defend it anytime. Who can touch lives and bring hope to the dying world. People who will cause transformation one person at a time.

God smiles at children who will desire and pursue a life of the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Are you up to this challenge?

S0 long,

Toluwanimi