A Sunbeam for Jesus


Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

Last night, I got to see my oldest son, Jake grow up just a little more. It was his first night in Pee Wee Patch. We talked about it all week long and by Sunday, he was extremely excited about his first performance. My regular choir rehearsal is at 4:30PM on Sunday afternoons. We arrived at about 4:10 and walked through how he would go from the front pew to the steps where he would be singing “The Sunbeam Song” as he calls it. He showed me how he would walk slow, not run or jump, and how he would stand once he got to his spot. I watched his 5:30 rehearsal as if it were the dress rehearsal at an opera house. His first performance went off with out a hitch, though he did remove his hat to be a better “sunbeam.”

Last night, though, was about so much more than a Pee Wee performance. It was what I hope will be the beginning of a lifelong commitment to serving the Lord. It was, I hope, the first of many choirs in which he will sing; the first of many times he will sing about Jesus; the first of many opportunities he will have to publicly identify himself with Christ.

I still remember the children’s choirs that I was a part of growing up and how they affected my life for the better. It was participating in worship from an early age that I believe set me on the path that I am on today. I was blessed to see Jake so excited last night to be up there with his Pee Wee friends. I get the same feeling when I get to perform with the adult choir. God has given us all opportunities and talents with which we are to serve him. That may be music, helps, encouragement, etc. No matter what our ability or talent is, the cry of our heart ought be, “I’ll be a Sunbeam for Him.”

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