Do you ever find yourself mentally challenged by the tasks set before you? You know, the daunting jobs that you have to do, but really don’t want to.
For example, I am less than thrilled about…
Getting up early.
Grocery shopping with my children.
Paying bills.And cleaning, um… anything.
In fact I have grumbled to my husband about getting up earlier than I want to. I’ve also argued with him about paying the bills because he’s the numbers person, not me. And I am certain that I have whined into the sympathetic ears of my girlfriends about all of these things.
But honestly it never does feel right. Oh, don’t get me wrong in the moment it feels just right. It’s after, in the quiet mental reflection that gets me every time.
It’s the glimpse of the guilty woman in the mirror that gets me every time. Guilty of selfishness. Guilty of ungratefulness. Guilty of complaining when I have every believer’s reason to rejoice.
It’s the Truth that gets me every time…
As aware as I am of the things that I do not want to do I can not risk losing sight of the things that I do want to do, like…
standing blameless and pure,
shining like a starand holding firmly to the Word of life.
J. Vernon McGee paints the picture beautifully, “When we go out at night we see the stars up there. When God looks down on this dark world, He sees those who are His own as little lights down here.”
We are stars, yes, but our star quality constantly comes into question. Are we dull and dim, weary and washed out by the temporary or do we have a shimmering, sparkling radiance about us because of what awaits us in eternity?
Every time we fight the nagging urge to groan at our portion in this life our star quality increases. We dazzle more brilliantly against the troubled backdrop of this bleak world. And we maintain our unblemished position as children of God.
Instead of looking at our not-so-great jobs with dread and disdain lets be radical by delighting in them and embracing them as an opportunity to enhance our star quality.
You are a star. I am a star. Unlike the world. Imperfect to most, but unique to One. We are stars. And we shine for Him.
Father, forgive us for the complaints that seep out of our hearts and off of our tongues. God we desire nothing but to be the shining little lights in this world for you to look down upon. Lord, thank you for your Word and for your Grace and for the Hope that we have in You.