Brighten Your Corner of the World

HouseOgdenThere’s an old house I drive by on my route between church and home, at 6829 Summerfield Road in Lambertville, Michigan. The house was occupied by a Mrs. Ina Ogdon, who’s famous for composing the words to an old, very popular hymn, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are,” in 1912.

Mrs. Ogdon was scheduled to preach at a large Christian gathering of thousands of people near a lake in New York. She was looking forward to the trip and to the opportunity when her father was seriously injured in a carriage accident. She had to cancel the trip, and lost the opportunity to preach before thousands of people to take care of her father instead.

Mrs. Ogdon was a woman of deep faith and realized that if it was the Lord’s will that she stay home and tend to her father instead of speaking to thousands, so be it. That’s what inspired her to write the poem that later became the song, “Brighten the Corner Where You Are.” Part of the lyrics go like this: “Do not wait until some deed of greatness you may do, Do not wait to shed your light afar, To the many duties ever near you now be true, Brighten the corner where you are.”

We may not feel we’re in a strategic place to do much good, but what do we know? God’s put us, or allowed us, to be where we are. He has His reasons; He has His plan! He can use us where we find ourselves. We just need to be OPEN to His will for us and OBEDIENT to His will for us. This world’s a dark place but each of us can brighten the corner where we are!

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)


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