I gazed into the clear sky, made even more vivid by the day’s earlier rain storms. As darkness began to fall, the sky was enhanced by twinkling lights dotting the sky, one by one.

They enamor me.

It was hard to stay focused …

A star filled sky has had a similar affect on millions of people before me. It has been the inspiration of poetry, songs and artwork for ages.

And to some, a celestial sign of security.

My new friend confided to me yesterday that in the midst of a chaotic life, she only had to gaze into the heavens to believe there was a God, and He had it all under control.

Isaiah confirmed this; ” To whom will you compare me ? Or who is my equal?, says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?

He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name.

Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”  (Isaiah 40:25-26)

He created “all these” mesmerizing jewels in the sky!

The same He that created you and I!

One Christmas, I received a star, or rather a star that was given my name.

That sparked my curiosity, and the research began!

I found exactly where my star was located and researched stars in general.

That was a lot of pressure, could I live up to my namesake?

One of my greatest desires was to “shine like the stars in the universe” as encouraged in Philippians 2:14.

The more I learned, the more I liked the analogy.

Our media driven society is so caught up in making “stars” out of celebrities and athletes. These many times resemble the stars that grow and grow in size until finally one day they simply explode, leaving behind a black hole. What purpose can be found in that?

I was more impressed when I read of the smaller stars that finally evolved until they hit a point where pieces flew off recycling portions of matter to form a new generation of stars having a higher proportion of elements!!!

(That is the unscientific description.)

Like my friend pointed out, it was fairly easy to look into the heavens and believe that there was a God and He was in control, but was it as easy to shine for Him? To reflect His glory for others to see and believe when the darkness rolled in?

Not only is that a possibility, but even greater than that, a huge probability of leaving a legacy.

When our focus is on something other than ourselves, when we strive to shine for what is right and good in a dark and perverse society, the inevitable happens…

lights rise up all around, standing stronger with greater convictions than our own.

A new generation that shines brighter and soars higher.

That is what I want to be remembered for, not a gaping black hole.

What will be your legacy?

Hopefully at the end of your days people will look to the generation that follows and say

Look, another Star is Born!