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  • Writer's pictureVickie Turley

Mirror, mirror, on the Wall - What Reflection does my life show?

Wow, it's been awhile since I posted. I was on vacation last week and thought I might write some, but let's be honest, with the beauty of the ocean and being with family, it wasn't going to happen. But what's strange is, when I sat down this week and looked over the 10 drafts I have sitting here, nothing seemed to speak to me. So if it's not speaking to me, it's sure not going to speak to you! This morning, I was finally able to get back out on my deck. These mornings have been too cold and too wet so today was the first day I could sit out here again. And wow, did my creative juices start flowing!

I was thinking about how many times in the past two weeks that certain themes keep popping up - in sermons, in conversations, in bible studies. One of those themes is focus and reflections and that's what I want to talk about today.

I've heard it said, and I believe it's true, that our lives reflect what is important to us, it's where our focus lies. So what does my reflection look like? It's funny I ask that because I have to tell you, I don't like mirrors. I avoid them most days. If I do look in a mirror, it's to see if my makeup or my outfit looks good. Because if I look closely, I see the wrinkles, I see body parts sagging that aren't supposed to sag, I could go on and on but you get the picture. Thinking about my reflection gives me the creeps.

Reflection in mirror

This brings me back to my reflection of my life - what do I see when I really look hard at myself? I see a person who ties a lot of worth to her busyness - her doing. I see someone who has trouble sitting and being still because she's feels she's not "worthy" if she isn't busy. I see someone who jumps from thing to thing, and says Yes to most things. I see someone who strives and strains to make a difference. And I see someone who isn't focused on the things that matter.

"As water reflects the face, so one's life reflects the heart." Proverbs 27:19

At the end of my life, what reflections do I want to see? What I want to see is a woman who depends on God for all! What I want to see is a Mom who is willing to do anything to make sure her children feel loved. What I want to see is a wife who appreciates her husband every single day. What I want to see is a friend, a shoulder to lean on, a woman who is ready to come when a call comes in from someone who needs help. I want to see a Nana who loves her grandchildren unconditionally and is willing to tell them about what Jesus has done in her life. And I want to be unashamed to proclaim to the world that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior.

So how can I make these my reflections? I think it's a change of focus. I think it's a matter of looking in the mirror and instead of seeing all the flaws of a sinful, old woman, I try to see what Jesus sees in me. If I can remember to focus on Him, and remember that He chose me, I believe I will see a different reflection. I will see a reflection of love and compassion, empathy and understanding, a Christ-led woman, full of promise and vision.

Today, I am going to TRY to focus on God! I want to try and spend a full day looking to Him throughout my day. I want to see the good in people, I want to be full of joy, and I want to have my life reflect what is truly important. You will notice I said TODAY. One thing I am realizing is that we are only guaranteed right now, today. Tomorrow will worry about itself so today, I choose to focus on the things that matter.

So how about you? What reflection do you show to others in your life? Where is your focus? I invite you today to make one small change and see what happens. You never know, maybe the mirror will become your friend?

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