"Hide it Under a Bush, HELL NO!"

From the way I heard it, the sweet little curly headed girl couldn’t have been more than 8 years old. She hadn’t grown up going to bible class or church, but now that her parents were going to church, she was loving it.

One of her favorite parts of her new bible class was the singing and the song, “This Little Light of Mine,” was one of her favorites. The only problem was that one day her teacher noticed that during the verse, “Hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m going to let it shine,” she was actually singing and shouting, “Hide it under a bush, HELL NO. I’m going to let it shine.”

A little horrified, the teacher very kindly explained to the little girl that the actual words to the song were, “Hide it under a BUSHEL, no,” and she made sure she emphasized the word “bushel.” She also took the time to explain the song and what a bushel actually was. When the sweet little girl finally got it, she said in all her innocence, “Oh! I thought it said, ‘Hell No!'”

I love the little girl’s heart. I also love the passion in which she would yell, “Hell NO!” I’m not advocating we change the words of the song to include “HELL NO!”, but I do wish the church and Christians had that kind of passion when it comes to Satan trying to hide our light.
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Think about it!

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
~Matthew 5:14-16

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  1. Gallagher says:

    At first I laughed, then I thought, more laughter and thought again.

    The words she screamed are funny, but the message form her heart is more powerful. Maybe we need to listen to the children more often!

  2. Sarah says:

    Love it. Love the passion, love the story.

  3. Carolyn says:

    You've done it again, Trey! Made me laugh and smile as I needed it today! THANK YOU!! :)

  4. Scott says:

    I am wiping tears of laughter from my eyes! I wonder how many other children are hearing and singing what she did!

  5. Peter P says:

    Amen!

  6. Grumpy says:

    Another great lesson Bro. Thanks

  7. Angie says:

    I'm still waiting for someone to tell me who the heck Sooney is. You know….Sooney's coming back to welcome me…far beyond the starry ski–ies.

  8. TREY MORGAN says:

    "Unless you become like a little child, you cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven."

  9. Keith Brenton says:

    We didn't clap our hands at our church when I was a kid. Not even in the kids' songs.

    One of my childhood friends from the inner city neighborhood surrounding my church had a habit of singing, "If you're happy and you know it, crap your pants …."

    I was too mortified to correct him.

  10. Janice Garrison says:

    Love it, laughed out loud and think it is a precious story. I doubt I will ever be able to hear the song again without thinking of this little girl’s version. How will I ever explain my laughter during this song?

  11. Anonymous says:

    That''s funny. It's great when we can see beyond the mistake and see the intent of the heart.

    My wife and I still have trouble (it's hard not to laugh) singing the song "Are you sowing the seed of the King, dumb (Kingdom) Brother" and we are still trying to find the biblical reference to the guy named Andy (Andy (and he) walks with me and he talks with me…..

    another great post

    rob

  12. Anonymous says:

    That''s funny. It's great when we can see beyond the mistake and see the intent of the heart.

    My wife and I still have trouble (it's hard not to laugh) singing the song "Are you sowing the seed of the King, dumb (Kingdom) Brother" and we are still trying to find the biblical reference to the guy named Andy (Andy (and he) walks with me and he talks with me…..

    another great post

    rob

  13. preacherman says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I love the innocence that children have as I stay home with with my 3 year old son. He says something almost everyday that makes me laugh. I love this girls innocence.

    I still have trouble with "At the Cross." You see my grandpaw had a version that he sang all the time. "In the bar, in the bar where I smoked my first cigar and the money from my pants rolled away. It was there by chance. I ripped my Sunday pants and now I have to wear them everyday!"

    Thanks for the post brother and hope you have a great day! :-)

  14. Anonymous says:

    I think it is awesome a child has the courage and faith to make such a bold statement. I have learned recently that not only did I hide my faith under a bushel, but in many cases I denied God altogether. I am working to change that and I can only hope I will take this and apply it to my own life. I know Christian can and do need to be passionate about their faith. If a child is capable I should be to. Great blog Trey.
    MM in Amarillo

  15. Stoogelover says:

    Truly the Southern version of that song! Funny story.

  16. Karin says:

    Loved it!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    One of my two sons couldn't understand why I once asked for the tape of "Elvira". This was many years ago. He thought I was so Christ like that he couldn't understand why I wanted a song like, "Hell Fira." Not exactly in your context but I loved the idea. gmj

  18. Laura says:

    This is great! It also reminds me of a friend of mine that told me when she was young she thought the words to "bringing in the sheaves" were: we shall come rejoicing bringing in the sheets. Anytime I hear this song I think of a clothesline with sheets drying!

  19. Anonymous says:

    "In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

    "HELL YEAH" !!

  20. Justin says:

    "Gladly, the cross-eyed bear"…

    "Have you seen Jesus, my Lord, He's here in Plainview!"

    Gotta love church songs! I think I will sing "Little light of mine" that way from now on.

    -Justin Nash

  21. cwinwc says:

    That would be the southern version of that song. :) LOL!

  22. vanilla says:

    Yes, when you think about it.
    Heaven, YES. Hell, NO.

  23. Dwight says:

    When we lived in Australia my children used to sing Here we are but straying pilgrims as "Here we are Australian pilgrims…"

  24. Glenn says:

    That's great.

  25. Edie says:

    I love this! My first visit here and I'm hooked! Gotta love this little girl's enthusiasm.

  26. Dr. Roger D. Butner says:

    Get that gal a podium! That'll preach!!! :)

  27. Carl Feril says:

    I was visiting with my local funeral director who asked me if the elderly lady we were about to do a service for had been flying long? I didn't know what he was talking about until I saw the funeral folders he had printed up. There one of the songs was clearly titled, "Jesus, Save Your Pilot, Me.

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