Month: September 2015

Monday morning labor pains

Monday morning labor pains having you trudging through all of Monday and half of Tuesday?

As you head out on Monday morning, or whatever point that you start your workweek, begin by making a decision to work willingly at whatever things you do. This includes the tasks assigned to you by job/boss/employer. It may feel like you only exchange your energy for a paycheck, but according to Colossians 3:23 & 24 you do these things to honor the Lord as well as bring home the bacon. You have a greater inheritance than just your salary, so it’s important to do your best at having the right attitude and effort behind all things that you do.

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Go and be blessed in all that you do. 

Heidi Cleaveland

Mirror mirror on the wall

Mirror mirror on the wall

We live in a world where we see our reflection on a daily basis, encountering our image in nearly every bathroom, bedroom, and even in the reflective surfaces of some buildings. It’s nearly impossible not to see our own reflections throughout the day. But how often do we look in the mirror and see something else?  Something else?? No…not a scary monster stepping out of the closet behind you. The other “something else“. You know…what’s beyond the freckles and collicks, beyond the wrinkles and that weird hair growing out of the top of your ear.

What’s under the candy-coated shell?

What’s underneath all the stuff that makes up your outer covering? What do you see when you look at what is on the inside? That is part of your reflection too. You don’t always see it when you look with your human eyes. Don’t worry if you can’t see what you reflect from the inside…someone with no social filter will eventually tell you what you need to fix about yourself. Those people usually know how to fix everybody.

The struggle is real

Everyone struggles with our inner image from time to time because we’re all human. It’s okay. God doesn’t expect perfection from us (thank goodness…I fail at every donut). In II Corinthians, Paul outlines that we aren’t supposed to reflect ourselves but reflect God.  3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (NLT). That veil is the old ways; the letter of the law. Jesus Christ is the new way. When we believe in Christ, the veil is lifted and we begin to reflect who He is. 

So how can we work on reflecting who God is? I’m so glad you asked…I have a few scriptures to share that will help answer that question.

  • Philippians  2:3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  (NLT)
  • Ephesians 5 1 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.  2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
  • Ephesians 3 1 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.  2 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. (NLT)
  • John 13:34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. (NLT)
  • Colossians 3: 12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. (NLT)

Mirror mirror on the wall – who am I reflecting after all? If you are seeking after Christ, then you should be reflecting all the above-listed traits, from the inside out.


Now, let me be brutally honest with you for a moment. If you are not kind, selfless, forgiving, tender hearted, loving, etc, then you might have some ugly on the inside that you need to reconcile out. It’s your job to deal with your own ugly, no one else’s. If you are lying to yourself, and convincing yourself that you are beaming on the inside, who are you hurting? Let me remind you that you don’t know the number of your days. I don’t know how many days I have either. It is up to each of us to work on these things. Don’t waste time lying to yourself. Don’t be afraid to look at the ugly. Poke it with a stick a few times. It’s okay. You can do it. Just pick one thing and work on it. With each step, you will find joy from your heavenly father. Remember, it’s not through our own perfection, but by the grace of Jesus Christ that we are saved. 


 

Mirror mirror on the wall…time to end this lengthy blog

I hope that you are blessed by this blog post and that you love what you see in the mirror when you are reflecting the love of Jesus Christ.

Blessings to you

Heidi