Do some star gazing, then make star-shaped photo frames for portraits of each family member.

Discussion point: We “shine like stars” when we work without complaining.

On a clear night, take some time to star gaze with your children while you read Philippians 2:14-15 and Daniel 12:3. Using the questions for discussion, talk about how people can be like stars.

To follow up, craft star-shaped cardboard photo frames to frame an individual portrait of each family member. Decorate your photo frames with glitter glue, sequins and / or aluminum foil.

Questions for discussion
  • When you first look up into the night sky, what do you notice?
  • Can you see the stars if it is cloudy outside?
  • What part of a person can shine?
  • How does the Bible say we can shine like stars in the universe?
  • What jobs do you dislike the most?
  • How can we keep a positive attitude toward work?
  • What kind of an attitude honours God?
Key concepts

The Bible says that when we do things without complaining or arguing, our actions are very noticeable – like stars shining in the universe. When we say someone’s face is “shining,” it’s usually because they are smiling. On the other hand, if we say someone’s face is cloudy, it’s usually because they are not happy. When we feel like having a bad attitude about something, we can remember the instructions found in Colossians 3:23-24 and remember that we are serving God, not man. It is easier to work with a willing attitude when we work to honour God.

Relevant Scripture

Daniel 12:3 “And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Philippians 2:14-15 “Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world . . .

Colossians 3:17 “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.