Thursday, December 06, 2007

Hey! Don't bushel-ize my light!

"Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick . . . Let your light so shine." (Matthew 5:14-15, by the way.)

We were in a meeting yesterday, when someone said he once heard a kid at a youth conference tell one of the adults, "Hey! Don't bushel-ize my light!" Now, maybe only church-going, Bible readers understand what he was saying (see above bit o' scripture), but you're a smart group so I think you get it. And I hereby officially take it as my new favorite phrase.

Don't we all have folks around us who want to dampen our spirits? Blow out our candles? Cover up the particular way we "shine" in the world? In short, "bushel-ize" our light? Oh, yeah.

And let's face it. We all do a damn good job of bushelizing our own light. C'mon. You know it's true.

So in this season of Advent, whether you're a believer or not, stand firm against the light bushelizers, most especially your own inner bushelizer. Let your light so shine!


Anonymous said...

At first blush, the title led me to believe that this was some type of political comment. God only knows this country has been "Bushed" far too long. But alas, it was a wonderful missive on letting one's light shine.
Ms. Davis, my fourth grade teacher at good ole Ragsdale Elementary had us read a Bible verse each day at school. When it fell my time, I memorized Matthew 5:16 - "Let your light so shine..."
Anyway, we are looking forward to having the crazy family together here soon.
You know who

Anonymous said...

Like "you know who", I first thought this to be political commentary. That would be a natural for bastardizing the use of this verse since the old Bush-el hisownself either has no candle or he permanently lost it years ago. So dim...

Very good thought for the season, whether the candle toters are Christian or otherwise.


MaryB said...

Cuz - looking forward to the big family "do" in Dahlonega, where we can all let our lights so shine!

Winston - Yessir, some folks don't have much of a light to bushelize, I reckon.

Liz Hinds said...

Amen to that! What a great phrase. I must remember it.