Reflection. One definition of this word,’to give back or show an image of; mirror’ made me think of what I was reflecting to other people when they viewed, listened and watched me. My hopes were that they saw a woman who was positive, filled with promise and hope, emulating both joy and peace in her life, someone who they wanted to spend time around. I wanted to be truly honest with myself, though. Is this truly what other people are seeing? As of late, there have been some struggles that I know I haven’t hid very well. Throughout my years, I’ve learned that there is a place of true honesty and just plain over-sharing from the inside out. Not only can this be done out loud, but it can also show as a reflection in our actions and in our countenance. Ever been with someone that makes you feel down? They may not say anything out loud, but they have this cloud of dust that follows them like the character of Pig Pen in the Charlie Brown series. We all have experienced those individuals. We want to love on them, but at times we avoid them like the plague. Have you ever considered the people that may avoid us because of our reflection?
So how do we clean up our ‘trail of dust’? Change what is reflected in our lives? I’ve made a list of outside forces that affect us.
. Our friends; people we associate with.
. Television, movies, radio and social networking.
. Our environment, surroundings.
This is the short list, but as you can see, the outside forces are things we can change today. This is just the beginning. The other things that will follow are our attitude, our view on things around us, what we eat, how we manage our time, anger control and so much more.
We may not want to admit it, but our little cloud of dirt affects everyone around us. If we had a friend stand next to us, emptied the can on our vacuum cleaner and then threw the contents in the air, not only would it get all over us, it would also get all over them. The same happens with the cloud we carry along with us; It gets in their lungs, affects their view and their thinking, it surrounds them and pieces of it stick to them. There is no avoiding it. Who would want to hang around with someone that makes them feel they need a shower all the time?
Reflection. 1 Corinthians 13:12. “For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” It’s not hard to find the long-list. God’s word is filled with instructions of how our reflection can be cleaned up. When it comes time for the face to face with my Savior, I want to make sure my reflection is as clear as his. Spring cleaning. Yes, it’s time:)
Creatively His, Sue:) *Photography by Tim Bisagno