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02. Life Light Up

Life Light Up
by Christy Nockels


With You, I can go anywhere...
I can do anything
‘Cause You are the song I bring...

With You, You are the air I breathe
‘Cause You are my everything
And I am Your offering...

I may live and I may die
Either way You're glorified
Bless the day I give my life away!

Let my life light up like the city lights
And let it burn for You in the darkest night

In You, I can begin again
I'm part of a bigger plan
'Cause You are the Great I Am!

In You, Your life is in my veins
And You've broken all my chains
'Cause You are the God Who reigns!

My light will shine on earth
And my Father will be praised!!

Written by Christy & Nathan Nockels

Behind the Song:
"I started writing this lyric and chorus melody in the autumn of 2007, after a Passion Regional conference in Boston. The worship was explosive that weekend, and the anticipation of the students to see God move was life changing for me. When I flew home from that weekend I looked over the city from the airplane and a melody and lyric came from my mouth, “let my life light up like the city lights...” I prayed for the students, that each of them would have the courage to be a light in a dark place, and to take the songs we had shared together into their everyday lives. Upon returning home, I learned that I was invited to go on some of the Passion World Tour stops in 2008. I have to admit that I was fearful to go. I was mostly anxious about being that far away from my kids and not being able to get to them quickly if they needed me. This would be a mission of total trust, and one of humble obedience to the One I knew was calling me. The verse and pre-chorus of this song, for me, was my “yes” to God...realizing there will be moments and seasons He calls us to go beyond our comforts and trust Him with total abandonment.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” This is who we are as the people of God...we are a lamp set up on the lampstand...a city, set up on a hill for all to see. We are the light of the world.

What’s even more amazing to me is that we’ve recently moved to a new city and into a new home and neighborhood. I can tell you that it has been just as much of a challenge for me personally to be a light in my own neighborhood, if not more challenging, than flying thousands of miles from home to “light up” in the darkest night. This song proclaims that He is the song we bring with us, and in us, into the darkest places of this world. It is a prayer and a proclamation that says, “my light will shine on earth and my Father will be praised!” This can look like a trip to China, or sometimes, it’s just walking into “open house” with my kids at their public school down the street. Both are equally challenging for me...both require an “offering” of myself unto God, letting Him shine and show others His fame and His love through me in all that I do." - Christy Nockels




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