A place of leadership comes with a place to suffer God to teach. To look in the mirror is to see yourself in affiliation with others and even their perspective point of view. This freezes the eyes of judgment and causes one to perhaps find humility and the heart for a situation to come to a resolve. This is the vernacular of all mankind that we should speak life and a positive outcome that encourages people to see there are many perspectives but one heart, as we are inspired to grow in the gospel character, unselfishly considering one another.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” — Luke 6:45
It’s not about always being right but we’ve been made the righteousness of Christ. As He creates in us a clean heart and renews a right spirit within us, we will continue to see ways that are adverse to conflict, agitations, bitterness, anger, covetousness, jealousy and a myriad of attitudes that close the doorway for the devil to detain growth in our lives. This mirror shows us more than our perspective but allows one to see others and beyond the surface of things, as we choose to respond to one another with compassion that we may see ourselves exemplifying the fruits of the spirit. This is the reflection in the mirror we all want to incorporate into our lives.
I found myself staring at myself in the mirror one day desiring change that I consider not only my take on things that present themselves in life but also to open up to consider the heart of those who have something to add to any situation. Because of God in my life, I understand selfishness doesn’t belong, neither does being prideful or inconsiderate. It feels a whole lot better to come to a resolve with someone than to think of them and feel the spirit of coax and division.
No matter what your circumstances are concerning others, I pray that you find a common ground that doesn’t compromise the integrity of being a Christian and insight peace. We all are coming from somewhere and none of us are finished yet. As I’ve examined my own life, I’ve come from a very long way and it has been so because of a will and desire for God to be Lord of my life. I’m thankful for the chance grace gave to me, to choose Jesus Christ that He began a work in my life.
With regard, I understand and have compassion for others who are seeking their way and being molded by God to have more of the gospel character.
“And Jesus, when He came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and He began to teach them many things.” — Mark 6:34
As we follow the example of Christ, we’re to give of ourselves in ministry as we’ve been commissioned.
When we truly see ourselves in affiliation with others, we understand that we’re grace away from what we so-call despise or dislike in or about someone else. In return, there’s an impression upon the heart that causes one to love a stranger, welcome them and share one’s findings, as God by the Holy Ghost counsels us to stand and walk out our faith through various circumstances in life.
May the reflection we see in the mirror minister words of wisdom and a kind heart toward ourselves and those in our paths on this journey in life. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.
Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and the author of two books. Share your thoughts and ideas about the column with Pamela at email@example.com.