It was in the midst of the mountains. As I peered up, I drank in the view. A blanket of stars winked at those below. The sky was so dark, and the stars so bright; it seemed as if someone had taken a pin and poked through the atmosphere that separated us from the glories of heaven. Leaving holes with which small reflections of the light heaven held could glint through. They became an array of splendor amid the blackness of the night.
I stood still, mouth agape, focusing on one star in particular. Even in the middle of what seemed to be the deepest dark, that star’s light was brilliant and unfaltering. It was in that moment that God whispered to me: “I want you to be like that star.”
Entering back into the house, I rushed to my room. I looked up bible verses about stars. Among warnings against the worship of the celestial bodies, I was pulled to Philippians 2:14-16a.
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 2:14-16a
While I thought back to the scene I had just experienced, I pondered this verse. There was no doubt in my mind that God was speaking directly to me.
Grumbling has sadly become second nature to me. Whenever something doesn’t go my way, I grumble. Not that it helps anything. Except maybe satisfying that selfish thirst to revolve everything around myself. After all, shouldn’t everything be run my way?
I have always struggled to bite my tongue in the fight of a juicy argument. Especially when I know I’m right. That very same fight that left me with the taste of pride and victory, also left my brother or sister with harsh scars that came with my hasty words. Is that in any way loving my neighbor?
That very same fight that left me with the taste of pride and victory, also left my brother or sister with harsh scars that came with my hasty words.
Part of being a child of God is resisting both of these temptations. Instead of arguing whether those socks are black or navy (sadly, this has happened), we are called to love our neighbor by letting it go and spending our time doing something more worthwhile. Instead of grumbling to friends about that pop quiz, we should emit a positive attitude and submit to our teacher’s judgment.
Why? Why must we keep our mouths in check? What’s wrong with defending your pride every once in a while? What if your words don’t hurt anyone? The problem is, this issue goes much deeper. When we continue to fight and complain, we are revealing what is going on in our hearts. Do we want to slip into the darkness that this generation has adopted? Or do we want to reflect Christ, and truly stand out with the light of the Holy Spirit?
When we continue to fight and complain, we are revealing what is going on in our hearts.
It is then that people start to notice the foreign attitude that you show. It is then that you reflect something far greater than this world. It is then you become pure and blameless through Christ.
And, it is then you become like a star in the sky.