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 every.single.day.of.the.year.
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!