My husband has a great attitude. It’s always positive and from God’s perspective. Oh, he’s not perfect — none of us are — but he has a way of looking at things that remind me that God is in control and everything is going to be okay!
Recently he shared an illustration that resonated with me. He talked about being on the road for the transport company he works for (he’s a bi-vocational pastor and that’s his second job). It’s a crazy life; he meets a lot of people on the road and there always seem to be ‘issues’ he runs into. Trucks or vehicles aren’t ready or won’t start; they break down or don’t have the proper paper work. And on the other end of these problems are the people that are dealing with them. People who are going through trials are usually not very happy!
We are mirrors
“Think of yourself as a mirror,” he told me. “What people see is what they will reflect back to you.”
Profoundly simple — something I already knew, even — but it impacted me in a fresh way. It’s true isn’t it? When you smile at someone they generally smile back at you, if you’re cranky — they’re cranky.
My husband keeps a laid back demeanor with a ‘No problem! Take your time’ kind of response. He’s really good at thinking about things from the other person’s standpoint, and generally, that turns things into a more pleasant experience for both parties!
I’ve thought about this reflection thing a lot lately. The slogan on one of my son’s shirts reads, “Be the Moon — Reflect the Son.” I love that. Isn’t that what God’s asking us to do? Reflect Him? That’s our job as Christ-followers — to follow His example. And all too often—it’s not easy!
Philippians 2:3 says, “When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.”
That can only be done through the power and control of His Spirit. Have you looked in the mirror lately? What do you see?