Shine Where You Are

Don’t waste your time in longing
For bright, impossible things;
Don’t sit supinely yearning
For the swiftness of angel wings;
Don’t sprn to be a rush-light,
Because you are not a star;
But brighten some bit of darkness
By shining just where you are.

There is need for the tiniest candle,
As well as the garish sun;
The humblest deed is ennobled
When it is worthily done.
You may never be called to brighten
The darkened regions afar;
So fill, for the day, your mission
By shining just where you are.

Just where you are, my brother,
Just where God bids you stand
Though down in the deepest shadow,
Instead of the sunlit land;
You may carry a brightness with you
That no gloom or darkness can mar,
For the light of a Christ-like spirit
Will be shining wherever you are,

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