Do Everything Without Grumbling
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 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 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.
SHINNING STAR ~
Hold firmly to the word of life
Think about looking up in the sky and seeing a million stars. Sometimes in that million of stars, just one star shines brighter. Each star was a plan of God and we can see the brightness in the night sky. You are a star in the eyes of God. He created you on purpose and to shine bright. You are one that stands out and only you can do what he has called you to do. I've talked with women who says they don't know what God wants them to do. Each of us are to follow God's plan and our journey continues. Your example shines brighter than you might realize. People watch our lives and people can learn from us. Just like we can learn from others.
Matthew 5:16 New International Version (NIV)
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
After I had my heart attack, I realized how short life really is. I saw the importance of my life to my family and friends. I heard words that made such a difference to me. What am I trying to say? Even in hard stuff, God has a plan. We can change after something hard happens into an even better person. Showing and living acts of kindness brings our lives to shinning in someone's heart. Never let the enemy of your shut off your shine.
a fixed luminous point in the night sky which is a large, remote incandescent body like the sun.
In life, there are things that frustrate us and we might find ourselves grumbling about it. Let us be careful what we complain about and how much time we waste on things we can't do anything about. Face this new day with hope and purpose. Face it with courage and allow God to continue to let you shine in life. It's not just a night time thing like a star, but everyday life moments. Keep shining and keep doing what's right in life. Take care of you and live in this new day.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.