Most of us love stars. Sports stars. Film stars. Pop stars. Some people these days have been able to become stars at just been stars. We spend time watching them. We like reading about them. We buy magazines to look at photos of them. We love meeting them.
I was of the autograph age. We went to the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970 and my parents bought me an autograph book. I then stalked the stars.
There’s Ron Clarke, Sheila Sherwood, Robbie Brightwell.. I was a gutted 8 year old when I gathered around Olympic Long Jump Gold medalist Lynn Davies and the stewards whisked us all away just as I got to the front!
I still bring out that autograph book. Since then it has had added to it Jack Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros, Henry Cooper. George Best… and loads more. Today of course the selfie has taken over from the autograph. We love the stars.
Over the 50 years since I got my autograph book I have changed my view of who the stars are. Most of those whom I now recognise as the stars of this world are unknown and have never been asked for an autograph or a selfie.
When Jesus told his followers they were the light of the world, I think he meant them to be little twinkling star lights in the darkest places they could find, rather than being big bright shiny things underneath floodlights or spotlights or paparazzi flash bulb lights.
Last week the family watched the recent Disney movie Queen Of Katwe. It is a true story about a young girl in a Kampala slum who is taught how to play chess and how it lifts her from the bottom of the lowest rung on the poverty ladder to being able to provide for her family.
The star of the movie is David Oyelowo, who also starred recently in A United Kingdom and as Dr Martin Luther King in Selma.
In Queen Of Katwe he is the one for the selfie but for me the real star is the man he plays - Robert Katende - who works for a Church programme in the slums to better the lives of the children around him. He even gives up a much better paying job with prospects to continue bringing hope to these children.
To me it is the men and women like Katende who I have met around the world who are the stars. Selfless they sacrificially give who they are and what they have to better the lives of those around them. Twinkling stars in the darkest places… oh to shine like that!