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Oceans for emotions: This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine

Sept. 23, 2011 at 4:23 a.m.


By Elaine Wheat

"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good work, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven."

- Matthew 5:16

Today, I finally decided what I want to be now that I am retired and when, and if, I grow up. I think that the most wonderfully rewarding job would be that of a lighthouse keeper. Yes, a keeper of lighthouses is definitely what I want to be when I finish doing the other things I wanted to do first.

Right now, since I have not grown up yet, all I have is a collection of lighthouse replicas. I have them painted on boat paddles, lighted, on magnets, painted on little ship bells, one that makes ocean and sea gull noises when you walk in front of it and my favorite one is a baby lighthouse, but when you pull the top off of it, it is really a ball point pen. I even have 17 lighthouses in my office at home, but they are not, of course, the real things. They have only inspired me to make my vocational choice to be a lighthouse keeper.

One of the pictures on my wall shows a lighthouse sitting firmly out on a rocky point. Waves are dashing and splashing on the rugged cliff face, and if you look carefully, you can see a little boat way out there on the horizon. The only mission of that old lighthouse is to shine its light and point the way that the boat should go and which way it shouldn't go. If that lighthouse was not there being tended by a faithful lighthouse keeper, that little boat might end up dashing itself against the rocks and being completely destroyed.

That is why I want to be a lighthouse keeper. I could live there the rest of my life knowing that because of my faithfulness and my light, some sailor would make it safely past that troubled point. Then I could really make a difference.

Dear Lord, I know I am not really ever going to be a lighthouse keeper, but do help me to realize that my faithfulness and my light may help someone keep from getting destroyed. If all people, in every walk of life, would think of themselves as "lighthouse keepers," this world would be a safer and more peaceful place to live. Lord, let my light so shine...."

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