Stars are some the most beautiful things that God created in this universe. on a clear night they dress the sky with splendor and when we gaze into the heavens, we see a sky full of glimmering, light-giving stars created by God. In Psalm 147, it says He knows precisely how many stars there are and that He has given each one of them a name. How amazing is that? The attention He has paid to the stars reminds us as His prized possession, just how valued and precious we are to Him. He did not create anything by mistake neither did He create us without a purpose. In fact, God deposited something special and unique in each one of us.
It is said how most people perish before the discover what it is that they are purposed to do in this life. Bright destinies are terminated before they can even begin to shine like the stars up in the sky. Just as much as God has perfectly designed the stars to light up a darkened sky, He has also given every one of us the responsibility and the ability to shine His life-giving light in the darkness. Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
so, lets see just how we can let our light shine!
- Embrace your God-given task.
Nobody tells the stars up in the sky how much, where, or when to shine because shining is what stars naturally do. They are definitely fulfilling their purpose. Likewise, in Matthew 5:14-16, we are told that we are the light of the world and to shine before people, “so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” For instance, forgiving the unforgivable, loving the unlovable, and radiating Christlike character are some of the ways to reflect the radiance of our Heavenly Father and show this world how amazing He is. When our love for God compels us to love others the way He wants us to (unconditionally), this world gets the opportunity to see Him in us and be changed by Him. Loving others in one of the things that we are purposed to do in this world.
- Shine whether we are in the forefront or the background.
when you look up in the sky you will notice that some stars are brighter that the others. nevertheless, stars do not stop shining just because the other surrounding stars emit a brighter light than them. They continue to shine from wherever their position is in the heavens. Sometimes comparing our progress to other people may make us seem like we are incapable of doing our missions. When we compare the impact of our light to someone else’s impact and become discouraged, we hinder God’s plan in our lives. Comparing our shine to others is a waste of time since God purposely bestowed different personalities and talents upon each one of us. He created all of us differently so that when we are shining our unique light, the result displays His brilliance.
- Shine even when others ignore, reject, or complain about the light.
At times it is discouraging to be unnoticed when you have put so much effort into something but it is not the attention that comes from people that really matters. How brightly stars shine is not dependent on the reaction of people who view them. If the light they radiate is not noticed or appreciated, stars keep right on shining. when people do not notice you, its not the time to say “i quit” but rather to continue trying to live a Christ-filled life when it seems like we are having no impact or even a negative impact on others can be difficult. When we are focused on the reaction of people rather than the reward of an obedient life, we are missing what truly matters. However, if we shift our focus back to God’s opinion of us rather than the world’s and pray for inspiration to continue shining, I believe we will stay motivated to let our light keep right on shining and impact the world.
So the next time you feel a little discouraged just because other people seem to be achieving more than you, look up to the sky and let the stars inspire you to keep shining. Let it shine!