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Happy New Year!!

I know this is a day lots of resolutions will be made.  It may not be long before many of those resolutions are broken.  In years past I have made many a resolution myself.  I’ve enjoyed reading what others are resolving to do better or differently in this new year.

This year I am only having one resolution.  It’s simple (which is good!!) and something I can work on

My 2011 resolution is this:  to reflect God more in everything that I say and that I do.

Basically to be a mirror that reflects Christ.  Instead of a mirror in which my face is reflected, being a mirror that reflects the image of Him.  Mirrors can only reflect the image that they see … so I want to seek daily His face and then reflect His image from that.

I am starting the year by memorizing 2 Corinthians 3:18:

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

John Stott summed it up in this poem …

Not merely in the words you say,
Not only in your deeds confessed.
But in the most unconscious way
Is Christ expressed?

Is it a beatific smile?
A holy light upon your brow?
Oh no! I felt His presence
When you laughed just now.

To me, ’twas not the truth you taught,
To you so clear, to me still dim.
But when you came you brought
A sense of Him.

And from your eyes He beckons me,
And from your heart His love is shed,
Till I lose sight of you and see
The Christ instead.

Perhaps instead of a resolution I should say my prayer for 2011 is this … Lord, let others see you and not me.

I wish you all the happiest of New Years!