the moon and the sun


I have a fascination with the moon and the sun.  I am often up early in the morning and have the opportunity to see the sky even before the sun comes across the horizon.  The moon sets over our hayfield and duck coop and the sun rises over the fields.  The thing I love about the moon is that it does not give off light from itself, it reflects the light from the sun. 

moon setting

Ten years ago I found a shirt that said “Be the Moon” on the front and “Reflect the Son” on the back.  I loved it and still wear it often.  The shirt reminds me of the kind of Christian I want to be–one that reflects God wherever I go. 

Earlier this month my sons went to their junior high retreat.  It is roughly 48 hours of crazy fun and very little sleep.  Myoldest son performed in the talent show and dedicated his performance to the students who had accepted Christ during the weekend.  He has always been drawn to connecting others to Christ and sharing his faith.  He was being the moon. 

Every Sunday my two sons and a friend teach a group of 2nd grade boys in Sunday School.  They receive their lessons by e-mail during the week and review them before heading into their room to lead.  I love their choices, commitment and desire to share Christ with younger boys.  They are being the moon.

It isn’t always easy to be the moon.  There are many times I would rather go dark than show others God’s love.  The Prickly People in my life are often the places where I face the challenge of shining Christ or going dark.  Yet, I am encouraged by Scripture which tells me, “ Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold outthe word of life–” (Philippians 2:14-16a, NIV1984)

That’s what I want to do– “hold out the word of life” to others.  What if I am the only Christ they see?  Will my behavior draw them closer to Jesus or push them further away?

What about you?  Are you being the moon? 


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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