G-d took Abraham outside his tent and said, "Look toward heaven and count the stars—if you can count them!... That is how your descendants will be.”
Although the plain meaning of this statement is that the Jewish people
will eventually be as numerous as the stars, its metaphorical meaning
is that they will sparkle like the stars; their light is so bright that even those walking in the thick of night will not stumble.
We are all Abraham’s “shining stars,” possessing sufficient moral and spiritual fortitude to prevent those around us from stumbling and to exert a positive influence on them.
—from Daily Wisdom #1