Sunday, March 11, 2007

What does my look in the mirror show???

The Face In The Mirror
The good you find in others,
is in you too.
The faults you find in others,
are your faults as well.
After all, to recognize something you must know it.
The possibilities you see in others,
Are possible for you as well.
The beauty you see around you,
is your beauty.
The world around you is a reflection,
A mirror showing you the person you are.
To change your world,
you must change yourself.
To blame and complain will only make matters worse.
Whatever you care about,
is your responsibility.
What you see in others,
shows you yourself.
See the best in others,
and you will be your best.
Give to others,
and you give to yourself.
Appreciate beauty,
and you will be beautiful.
Admire creativity,
and you will be creative.
Love, and you will be loved.
Seek to understand, and you will be understood.
Listen, and your voice will be heard.
Teach, and you will learn.
Show your best face to the mirror,
And you'll be happy with the face looking back at you.

~Author Unknown~

I don't know who wrote this, but I immediately thought of what was flying in email form about our church...and I wonder if the people most involved in judging realize that the exact things they are accusing others of, they are doing themselves. It makes me sad; it convicts me to pray; to not spew venom; to choose to forgive and offer grace. I want to be a reflection of a gentle and loving God; a laughing and compassionate Christ; I want to be quiet enough to hear the Holy Spirit speak to me...and I canNOT possibly do that if I'm yapping someone else's life and what I judge them to be...I don't want to be judged in that vein. So...there you have it.

I'm thankful for laughter and friends who are transparent. I'm thankful for the warm sun beating in my window (even if it does provide irrefutable evidence i need to wash the windows!! LOL). I'm thankful for Justin being in church today...for God's reminder that we are never beyond his mercy...that he never loses track of us. I"m thankful for late night conversations and early morning chill (as opposed to early morning frigidity!!) I'm thankful for chats in the foyer and sassy comebacks. I'm thankful for tea (which is NOT the same as weak coffee). I'm thankful for fresh air and fresh starts. I"m thankful for Sunday naps. I"m thankful for music that makes me cry...and peppermint flavored lip gloss. and I"m thankful for Melissa and Sherrie staying to help clean up and then talking...even if it wasn't till 3:00 in the morning. TOLD you we need Lynda in the mix to be able to talk that long into the night!!

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