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
Throughout the scripture the idea of shining like lights in a dark world empowers us to excellence. Let’s take that same idea and apply it to children. After all, they can shine now, not just when they get older.
To some parents the idea of shining has to do with encouraging talent, building music or sports skills, or getting into a good college. But notice that God has a prescription for shining.
We are all children of God and live in a dark world, but we can shine in two ways according to this passage. First, we hold firmly to the word of life. This the gospel message that Jesus has the answer and offers them to us through new life. That message provides a powerful identity.
Also, notice that the shining star doesn’t grumble or argue. The child who shines is someone who is different than the rest. He’s edifying, She’s uplifting and avoids those negative comments that cause tension.
The connection between not grumbling or arguing and shining is one that forces us to stop and ponder our own lives. Are we shining and pointing out Jesus and his encouraging message of life? Or are we expressing negativity. Our world, including our families, needs people who shine.
Take a moment and evaluate yourself, but then spend some time helping your children catch this valuable message. It should change the daily way we interact.
Lord, please show me now to shine in my words today. I want to serve you and help my family to experience your gospel-changing life through me. Teach me how to be that light that encouraged, helps, and reflects your goodness. Amen.