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Fri, Sep 21 2007 - 07:30 AM

Star Light, Star Bright

Many people spend their whole lives trying to "fit in", to be like everyone else. Teens and preteens work hard to dress like everyone else, talk like everyone else and go to the same places as everyone else.  They desire to be noticed but not to stand out too much. 

Adults do the same type things... They want to drive the same kind of cars as everyone else, live in the same neighborhoods as everyone else and have the same hobbies as everyone else.  Much like teens, adults want to be noticed, but they want to fit in--not stand out too much, but just enough.

As Christians, we aren't meant to think that way. 

Phillipians 2:15

So that you may become blameless and pure children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.   

The Lord is telling us that He wants us to be different! He wants us to shine like stars!  Now, that doesn't mean we should try to be different just for the sake of being different or that we have to be weird and not accepted.  It means that we should allow Jesus to shine through us so that when people meet us or get to know us they realize something is different.  We want them to be so intrigued that they seek out that difference and come to know the difference is our relationship with Jesus Christ. 

If you look at the sky on a clear night, the beauty of the stars is amazing.  God took great care in placing each one in just the right spot to make it look beautiful.  The Bible tells us that He put the stars in the sky and He knows them by name!  Not only did He put the actual stars in the sky, He also put each of us here on this earth and He knows us by name too! We are His most precious "stars".

I am sure you have noticed that some stars shine brighter than others. When you find one glowing brightly, it is hard to take your eyes off of it.  I always think of the North Star when I see one like that.  Truthfully, Jesus was the brightest Star that God ever created.  No one can ever shine as brightly as He did while here on earth.  Certainly our light pales in comparison but if it were not for Jesus, we would not have any light at all.  YOu can imagine the picture though--- One Star shining so brightly it overwhelms and that Star is surrounded by millions of other smaller, dimmer stars.  Wouldn't the picture be even more beautiful if all of those smaller stars could shine just a little brighter and stand out just a little more?

That picture, of course, is of us.  The closer we get to Jesus by reading the Bible, praying all throughout the day, listening to Him and following His will--the brighter our light shines, the more "different" we become in comparison to others.  When that happens, suddenly you see more stars appear as others come to know Jesus through us--even if it is years later.  God purposely brings people into our lives--from the elderly lady you smiled at and held the door for this morning, to the best friend you've had since grade school.  None of it is by accident--remember, He put the stars in the sky and He knows them by name.  He placed everyone with precision and care.  Sadly many, many stars aren't even faintly lit yet.  But those stars are near another that does have light!  The stars with light must reach out to those that don't to make our picture perfect. 

My prayer is that each of us will have the courage to shine brightly for Jesus.  I pray that we will dare to be different in a way that causes non-Christians to ponder just why.  I pray that we will listen closely to the still, small voice of God when He needs us to help give light to a unlit star or to re-energize the light of a fading star.  I pray that we will surround ourselves with the light of that Ever-shining, Ever-brightest Star and draw light and courage from Him.  I pray that I will worthy of HIs presence....... Star light, star bright, may I be a worthy star tonight-- and all of the days of my life. 

Special prayer request:  Please pray for Tyler, a friend of my son's.  Tyler is just 12 years old.  His Mother died when he was in 3rd grade.  Just this past week, he lost his Dad too.  Tyler and his Dad were playing ball in the yard when his Dad collapsed and died of a heart attack.  His Dad was a fireman and a good father.  Naturally, Tyler is devasted but so are all of his 12 year old friends.  I am sure it brings the reality that they, too, could lose a parent.  I am praying for peace and strength that surpasses all human understanding for Tyler, his family and his friends.  Please pray with me.      

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About: I am a married, working mother with 2 children a daughter age 17 and a son age 14. I have a passion for writing and feel led to work with pre-teen girls. I blog mostly about my spiritual journey as I seek God's perfect will for my life.

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