“Mommy, what’s that?”
It was 6:20am and the parade of questions had already begun. This time about a beautiful hand mirror a friend had given me recently.
I pushed beyond my non-morning-person silence and answered,
“It’s a mirror, sweetie.”
“Ohhhh…it’s beautiful. Mommy…What does it do?”
“It doesn’t really do anything-- it just reflects.”
I smiled as I answered, realizing the depth to that statement as I felt that gentle nudge of the Spirit, which told me that truth was more of a long-awaited answer to myself than anything. You see, I have some friends and family members that I love very much who do not know Jesus. And since I’ve encountered His love, His glory, His goodness- I want nothing more than for them to experience the same.
But I get stuck.
I get hung up in the details, like—
“What can I say to convince them, Lord?”
“What can I do to show them how much You care for them?”
I act as though it depends on me, as if there’s something I could work up that would create some life-altering moment for them…but that’s not the way God works because it’s about His glory, not mine.
Sure, my hand mirror is uniquely adorned, but ultimately it doesn’t really do anything in and of itself- it just reflects.
As a Christian my calling is really the same. My purpose is to reflect God’s glory, and it’s not something I really need to work at; I just need to make sure I am pointed in the right direction.
When my life is turned towards Him, I will naturally reflect His love, His glory, His goodness— all of the things I want the people in my life to experience.
I wish I could say I am really good at living a focused life, but the struggle is real people.
My heart wants to reflect God’s glory while my flesh gets snagged into the mundane and negative— maybe you know this feeling all too well.
Side-tracked and turned away, my heart gets pointed at lesser things...
To-do lists become primary.
Problems become preoccupations.
Desires become distractions.
As much as I want to reflect God, I cannot when my life is not aimed at Him.
And oh, how people need to see Christ.
From the little ones God has entrusted to me, to the cashier at the grocery store— everyone needs a glimmer of love, hope, and peace these days.
When I boil it all down, it comes to a daily choice of how I am going to position myself:
Will I charge, headlong, into my to-do list or take a moment to still my soul in His Word and Presence first?
Will I place His wisdom over my preference or follow my flesh?
Will I be obedient to His voice, or go my own way?
Every choice I make adjusts my angle— reflecting more or less of Him.
I want to be perfectly placed so that the people I encounter see nothing other a beautiful, unobstructed reflection of the wonderful, loving, merciful God I serve. It all comes down to that daily choice.
I know how I’m choosing— how will you reflect God to those you encounter today?
WORD OF THE DAY
“Let your light so shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Dear God, Thank you for making me fearfully and wonderfully, in your image. Help me to honor you in the choices I make today. As I align my life with you, let me be a beacon to those around me today, a pure reflection of your love and grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Author: Katie Gibson