Monday, March 25, 2013

Our Reflections...

When we are getting ready for work in the mornings, or for church, or whatever the occasion is, we usually look in a mirror.  We women in particular spend a lot of time in front of a mirror.  We curl or straighten our hair, we put on makeup, we examine our faces for any new lines or wrinkles.  Most of us even have a full length mirror in our bedrooms so we can see what we look like in the clothes we have chosen to wear for that day.  We turn side to side to make sure we look good from any angle. 

The mirror shows us a reflection of what we look like.  We are either pleased or we aren't.  Or we give up because we don't believe our appearance could get any better. 

We also have other mirrors that produce reflections of us to other people.  We may not even be conscious of the fact that they are reflections.  No, they do not reflect our physical state, but instead our spiritual state. 

Our spiritual state can and will be reflected in our daily lives through how we live, the things we say, the things we view and choose to listen to. 

Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.

Every scripture I use in my posts comes from the New King James Version of the Bible; however, when I looked up this scripture, I found a translation of it that I really like.  The New International Version translates the same scripture this way:

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. 

Everything in our hearts affect every other aspect of our lives. 

If we are filled with bitterness, anger, resentment, and unhealed wounds, then those things are reflected in our speech and our verbal interaction with others. 

If we are filled with those emotions above, then our dysfunction is mirrored in the lack of or inability to have healthy relationships with people around us.

If we are unhappy and discontent and lack peace, then our lives reveal the unrest and chaos to others.  Our homes may be messy and cluttered, our houses may have cobwebs in the corner of the rooms.  A disorderly spiritual life will be reflected in the way we keep our physical homes. 

If we have low self-worth, or have been beaten down, abused, then we are less apt to take care of our physical appearance. 

If we have low self-worth, then our value of ourselves will be reflected in the choices and decisions we make in our lives.  The choices and decisions can be anything from choosing to become a drug addict or alcoholic to the men or women or we choose to date.  The people we have in our "inner circles" are indicative to the state we have chosen to live in. 

We must be so very careful to believe the Word of God and what it says about us, who we are, and what or value is.  Our value is that above the sparrow.  Our worth is so that God sent His only begotten Son to die for us.  Our identity is such that we are a Royal Priesthood, a chosen generation.  We must live so the reflection of our lives is the Kingdom of God to a lost, hurting, and dying world.  Our reflection should always be the Love of the Father through Jesus Christ His Son. 

What does your reflection say about you?

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