You may have noted that much of my writing involves overcoming, obstacles, fear, gossip and the consequences of my own faulty decisions along the way. The Lord certainly has helped me get through some tough consequences. I always emphasize the power of Jesus Christ in my own life and in the lives of those I write about.
As I read, listen and sometimes meet outstanding people, I notice a common trait of those who shine as stars due to some gift to the rest of us, be it in the form of a cure for disease, a great book, leadership above and beyond. I have even been criticized for including people such as Benjamin Netanyahu and David ben Gurion for their courage.
Today I have a bit that I read in a magazine that helps in one of my favorite areas, AOPA, for Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. This little gem floated off the page about those who shine as stars. See what you think:
“There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world even though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind." Hannah Szenes, Hungarian/Jewish Paratrooper dropped into Yugoslavia to help rescue Hungarian Jews there.
Hannah could have named Abraham, Moses, Joshua, Deborah and a multitude of others.
The strange thing about the above named O.T. heroes is that they had one primary thing in common, as did the Christians mentioned as “Stars” in our heritage. They lived and faced danger with a trusting courage that enabled them to press on in spite of innate fear.
Hannah voiced the same truth as British Historian Arnold Toynbee when he was asked what he had noticed most about history. Mr. Toynbee thought for a moment and then said, “In my course of studying history I have noticed when it’s darkest the stars come out!”
Any person who has passed on, yet their contribution still shines, is considered a star. Hannah stated in her last two lines, “These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark. They light the way for humankind.”
I hope you learn that to be considered a “star” when your earthly walk is over you must make an important contribution now. Keep in mind that “now” may not recognize your contribution as much, but God keeps the records and acknowledges the helpers, even though many of them miss the eternal boat in a refusal of Christ. The importance of Christians being active in things that matter cannot be overemphasized.
Daniel 12:3, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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