Shine like the stars

Having a son is about the coolest thing in the world. Every day he can do something new, say something new or is interested in something new. For about the last month, he has been fascinated with the moon and stars. During the bright of day, he looks to the sky attempting to find the moon. On cloudy nights, he looks to the sky attempting to find the moon. Amazing are those clear nights when we take him outside and he points to the moon and then excitedly begins counting the stars.

There is much that can be learned by savoring the beauty of the stars shining in the night. We can learn about the majesty of creation. We serve a God who ordered the universe and knows every star individually. We can learn humility as we grasp that we are not the center of this big, broad, seemingly limitless universe and recognize that we are just small parts of the universe. We can also learn how amazing is God’s plan that of this seemingly limitless universe, God chose the earth as the place where he would come and reveal himself to us.

But none of those are my focus here. There is [at least] one other lesson for us. Consider these words from Philippians 2.

“So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like the stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life” (Philippians 2:15-16).

Like the stars shining against the dark backdrop of night, the call of our lives is to shine in a “crooked and depraved generation.” He who is the light of the world (see John 1:7-8; 8:12) called us, his followers, the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). In a dark world, we are to shine. All to the glory of God the Father.

Interact: Tonight (or on your next clear night) go outside and stare at the stars. Does your life shine like that? How so or why not?

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2 Responses

  1. Dude, why do you have this “Interact” thing on all of your posts? You haven’t interacted with anyone on here…

    • I usually am pretty good about replying and interacting. However, I just moved to a new job and haven’t been as good as I would have liked on that. I actually am still planning to get back to you on your previous comment…

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