I joined a gym recently and a few weeks ago I took a body combat class. It was a great class, but I didn’t like focusing on an imaginary opponent.
About halfway through the class I decided that my opponents would be some of my own personal vices. With each punch or kick I focused on pushing out things I don’t like about myself and then tried breathing in virtues I would like to replace them with.
By the end of class it finally hit me…
Imagine standing in a room surrounded by mirrors. As the mirrors reflect back on each other their reflections go to infinity, but as you look you can only glimpse the edges of infinity because YOU are in the way.
I am my only obstacle.
The only way to truly follow our sweet Jesus is to get out of our own way, deny ourselves.
For every wrong done to us I think we need to recall a wrong that we have done to another and then suffer through that memory rather than stew over what has been done to us. I don’t think it is easy and I think this is just the first step, but the only way to get anywhere is by taking the first step.
Jesus thank You for waiting so patiently to take this first step and every other step along the way by our sides!
We were away for Christmas this year and our rental house was full of beveled mirrors reflecting rainbows all over the house. The girls had a blast finding rainbows throughout the house all week!
Every time I saw a rainbow reflected across the room, I smiled to myself and imagined that each one was a tiny window into Heaven!
Jesus thank you for blessing us with so many windows… please help us to see through them and find You!
I think we all want others to see the good in us, or to let Jesus shine through as some of us would say!
How can you help everyone see Jesus within you without ruining the good intentions of an action and even running the risk of taking Jesus out of the action entirely by worrying that others see it, notice it, acknowledge it, pat you on the back for it?
I know I am not the first to say this and I am definitely not very good at doing this, but we will not help Him shine through by focusing on ourselves or our good deeds and actions.
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Now imagine that you are a mirror.
- What is your sole purpose in life if you are a mirror? To reflect what you see.
- Can you as a mirror be good or bad? No.
- If you are a mirror and have a soul, does this change whether you can be good or bad? No.
- If you are a mirror and have a soul, would you have a preference regarding whether you reflect good or bad? Yes, I would prefer to reflect good.
Therefore as a mirror with a soul, I am still bound by the sole purpose of a mirror which is to reflect what I see, but if I desire to reflect only good then the only way this is possible is to see the good in everything!
I think the only way to truly help Jesus shine through ourselves is to focus on finding Him in others and then be their mirror! The more light of Jesus you find in others, the more light of Jesus your mirror can then reflect back on everyone!
Can you see it? A world full of mirrors constantly reflecting the light/love of Jesus! It would be blinding, it would be beautiful, there would be rainbows everywhere!
It is Our Best Life… Jesus please help us to find the good in everything so that our mirrors will be full of Your light!