Sekai no Hikari: Light of the World

"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden…In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."

Only One

on April 27, 2013

        I have been taking Japanese for a long time. And when I was younger, I learned a song called Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana (One and Only Flower in the World). It is by a Japanese kayokyoku(popular music) band called SMAP. The song is not Christian, but the message is true, and everyone should take to heart what the song has to say.

        It is a long song, so I will not post all the lyrics, but the song is basically about someone walking into a flower shop and meeting someone who gives him insight into the nature of humanity.

Here’s a link to the song:

Here are some sections of the lyrics, with translation:

Sore na noni bokura ningen wa, doushite kou mo kurabetagaru? Hitori hitori chigau noni sono naka de, ichiban ni naritagaru. (In spite of this [how flowers don’t compare themselves], why do us humans always want to compare ourselves to each other? Although we are each different, we want to become the best.)

Sou sa, bokura wa sekai ni hitotsu dake no hana, hitori hitori chigau tane wo motsu, sono hana wo sakaseru koto dake ni, isshoukenmei ni nareba ii. (It’s true, we are each a flower there is only one of in the world. We each carry different seeds, and we only have to try our best to make those flowers bloom.)

Chiisai hana ya ookina hana, hitotsu toshite onaji mono wa nai kara, number one ni naranakute mo ii, motomoto tokubetsu na only one. (Small flowers and big flowers, for one flower, there is not one that’s the same, so it’s okay if you don’t ever become number one. You are the very special only one.)

        Well, it’s the slightest bit cheesy, but it’s very true. Humans, especially me, want to be the best. But God created you with “flowers” and “seeds” that are uniquely yours, and He has carved out a unique niche for you on this earth. No other person could do quite as well as you the job He’s prepared for you to do.

        This also reminds me of a verse in Matthew where Jesus is telling us not to worry, for the flowers of the field are cared for by God. In the same way, we should not look to the world for value, for we are given value by God. You don’t ever have to become number one. God sees you as a very special only one.


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