Shine Like Stars

Shine Like Stars

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Earlier this week, in a message to the Putting on the New contributors, Cherie Burbach encouraged each of us to remember how important our voices are right now in a world filled with hatred. The visual that came to mind as I read it was of each of us as small points of light in a sea of darkness.

It doesn’t take a lot of wattage for a light to be seen in the dark. More than once I’ve hauled myself out of bed to throw a pillow over the teensy blue light on my computer. Such a small thing, but in a dark room, it casts enough of a glow to keep me awake.

Isn’t that what we’re called to do? To wake the world with God’s light?

I love this passage:

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. Philippians 2: 14-16

Such a simple command– Do everything without grumbling or arguing. Hey, if that’s all I have to do to shine like a star, no problem. I’ve got this. Easy-peasy, right? Until the next time I open my mouth.

If I’d recorded everything I said yesterday, what percentage of it would come under the “Grumbling and Arguing” column? Maybe not big things, maybe not even uttered out loud. Maybe it’s just the small on-going commentary that runs like a soundtrack to my day: The mail is late again. The milk is spoiled. You’re going to wear that? It’s so hot out. I hate that winter’s coming. Will we ever get rain? These jeans are too tight. Did you hear how she talked to her kids? I’ve tasted better. I hate my hair. You spent what?

Yikes. Even if we aren’t voicing all of this grumbling, isn’t it evident in our countenance?

In Exodus 34 we read: When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.

I love that last part: The skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.

When we spend time talking with God, praising him, confessing our grumbling and asking him to put his thoughts in our minds, we’re going to shine. We’re going to appear in radical contrast to the dark world around us.

I was struggling to finish the design for a book cover this week–reaching the end of my abilities and patience. So I called on a God-honoring friend who is truly gifted in this area. “Any advice?” I asked. Her answer: “Send me the image. I can fix it in no time.” And she did fix it. Beautifully. But because I didn’t have the right file to send her, it wasn’t “in no time.” Her charge for her time? A copy of the book. And, after she’d finished, I found out she had a book deadline in two days.

Who does that? People who spend time with God and are then equipped to be selfless, other-centered, grace-giving lights in a dark world.


Becky Melby About Becky Melby

Wisconsin resident Becky Melby is the author of the Lost Sanctuary Series and a dozen other contemporary fiction titles. Married for 43 years, mother of four, grandmother to fifteen, Becky thrives on writing, reading, camping, rides on the back of a silver Gold Wing, and time with family. Connect with her at her website or Facebook.


  1. Bettilu Davies says:

    Your post reminds me of an anonymous four-liner that I put in our bulletin.
    I did it again today./I guess I’m in a rut;/I missed an opportunity/To keep my big mouth shut!

  2. Ouch! And LOL!
    I’ve done the same with those computer lights in a dark room.
    Everything else you had to say hit me right between the eyes. I’ve had a grumbling problem lately, and I need to follow your reminders to confess my grumbling, discuss the problem with God, ask Him for help, and praise Him!

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