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.
I love the metaphor that Paul just tossed out, “Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky…”
When do stars shine?
Well, they shine all the time but you only see them when the sky gets dark.
Sometimes God lets the circumstances of our life grow dark because that’s when we shine the brightest.
Sometimes we just want to give up and go home because life just seems too crazy and out-of-control but the truth is, that’s the moment God has given us to lift our heads and shine like crazy in the middle of a “warped and crooked generation.” The way you react while under fire WILL be noticed by your neighbor. And that moment will make a much bigger impression than how you react when all the cards are dropping in your favor.
It’s easy to live without grumbling or arguing when you get your way. But it’s much harder to shine when your day turns to night…