Living Bright

Like Shining Stars

We are light in darkness. It’s our calling, our inheritance.

It was the calling of the Jewish nation too. Abraham saw them, those millions of stars lighting up the ancient sky. Your descendants, God promised. Too numerous to count.

Then Jesus said we were the Light of the World.

It’s brilliant, inspiring, and also a little intimidating. How are we light?

Growing up in the American Evangelical movement, I often thought “being light,” was a reference to “sharing the gospel.” And that could mean anything from raising your hand in class to knocking on doors and handing out tracks. And while that requires real courage, it is not the end-all when it comes to light distribution.

Being the light of the world is just that …. Being.

God is the great I Am and we, his children, also are. We Are. Everything we are, everything we do, ought to be light, not just the pamphlets we give away.

Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)

That is how we do it: good deeds. It sounds a little dangerous to my protestant Grace-alone tradition. But it is not about doing good stuff. It’s about being good stuff and not being afraid to let it shine.

My mom loves the Word. I have early childhood memories of climbing into bed with her in the morning and snuggling up to her reading the Bible, underlining pen in one hand, coffee in the other. She often copied verses down that she wanted to memorize and she often spent the day, saying them aloud, committing them to memory. Some of those phrases found themselves lodged in my memory so deeply that I know they come from scripture, but I am not sure exactly where.

The phrase “shining like stars in the universe” was one of those phrases that caught my imagination. Light in darkness. Brilliant. Beautiful.

But how? I went looking for the reference.

I’m not sure what translation my mother was using, but I’m pretty sure that phrase “like shining stars” comes from Philippians 2:14-15.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.

Being light begins with simplicity. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing.” Get that straight and you become “blameless and pure.” It is a lofty goal, but what a payoff. Stars in a dark world.

Everything without grumbling or arguing. Everything. Sounds like peace. I’m the second of four kids. There was plenty of arguing amongst us. No wonder my mom had us learn that one.

This blog is dedicated to living that truth out: living light, being light. I write, not as one with answers, but one with questions and a listening ear to hear Christ’s answers. It’s not my accomplished journey, but my desire. I want to be light. I want to be like a shining star.

Thank you for joining me on this journey toward Light.