Whether you feel drained or energized, you can give. What can you give? You can give your love, faith, belief in others, hope, steadfastness. Ella Baker said, “Give light and people will find the way.”. Jesus tells us not to hide our light under a bushel.
In the musical Godspell, they sing “if that light is under a bushel, it has lost something kind of crucial”. My point is this. If we let our light shine (even if it is flickering oh-so-weakly) it can light the path for others. In so doing, we are strengthened.
Believe me, I know there are always folks who seek to extinguish our flame. They attempt to suck the heart, oxygen, and will to be joyful right out of us. But just as God will always triumph over evil, so too can commitment to walk in His light rekindle our flame and the flame of others. Do you remember the song “This little light of mine”? We sang that at a candlelight prayer service during my freshman orientation at college. The memory of it, and the hope I felt that evening, can strengthen me during difficult times. My mama always tells me that it is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. She (of course) is so right.
Now this music clip from Youtube is from Godspell. It makes me smile and dance a bit. It puts stuff in perspective. If you are feeling stressed, down, or hopeful, I hope it will add love to your day! Your goodness WILL outlast the diminishers in your world. The Shepherd will see to it.