My prayer today...
I need to make it my aim to be less of a blurry reflection of You each day --
as in the mirror after a shower, the reflection gets clearer as the steam fades away.
When I blow off steam, it's hard to see that reflection. It comes between me and Your Image. Just as I open the door to the bathroom to let out the steam, help me to open the door of my heart and hand over the steam of anger or bitterness to You so that I more accurately reflect Your image. Amen.
What are some things that could represent "steam" in our life. The things that cloud out His attributes, making it harder to recognize Who we belong to? When people see us, do they notice the resemblance? Is it a dead giveaway like those cute kids that all look just like their father? (No paternity test needed! ;) We should look just like our Father in heaven. A spitting image indeed!
Would people need to check our I.D. to verify? (As they eye us up and down with a skeptical glance?) Would they assume we stole someone else's I.D.? Convinced that we're an imposter?
Lets face it, living a life pleasing to Him is no small task. I'd rather live a life pleasing to me, myself and I on most given days. That's much easier. Less sacrifice. More indulging. Catering to the flesh doesn't require discipline. We pretty much slip out of the womb with that habit in place. Got it covered! Whaaaaaa!!! Feed me, wipe me, let me sleep...feed me, wipe me (you know the drill!)
Our selfish nature is hardwired into us at birth. It's not often you see a newborn that you would call a Servant. They demand their way and they want it NOW! Everything is in a state of an emergency when it comes to babies. They never have the attitude of, "Hey...when you get a sec, could you grab me my bottle? I know you're busy, so take your time."
So it requires a boat load of reprogramming as we try and be grown ups. Looking out for others as being a priority over looking out for #1. That takes growth and a whole lot of maturity.
Next time you're tempted to put yourself above others...picture your grown up self in a large pair of Pampers with a pacifier in your mouth. Then chuckle and reconsider.
Name 3 things in your life that represent "steam" which is ultimately causing people not to see His reflection in you? Then go ahead and open that bathroom door ;)
"Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves."