Staring into the lake at Patriot’s Park there is so much to be seen. On a bright and cheery day like today, it is typical to see vibrant colors and motion without even looking up. The evidence for life is apparent. But the liveliness isn’t always so obvious, is it? When it is overcast, stormy, or dark, the pictures we observe vary drastically. Our reflections are the same way. Our experiences, inputs, and emotions directly translate to what we project for others to see.
Like how the lake reflects the scenery around it, we also reflect what we surround ourselves with. When we think about it that way, we realize just how important our input is to our reflection.
Scripture tells us in Luke 6:45 that “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”
Now, that doesn’t mean we can’t have bad days. We are human and we are going to struggle with life at some point. But if we have surrounded ourselves with people who build us up and push us to be “mirrors for Christ,” then we will have gained noticeable support to keep us moving forward. It is difficult, but it is definitely feasible.
In simpler terms, whatever you put in, you also put out. This is how our own witness for Christ works. If we are consuming media that is not wholesome or we are surrounded by the wrong crowd, we begin to conform to the behaviors and tendencies of the people and things that we observe. As we start to surround ourselves with unwholesome or negative people and ideas, the picture we reflect changes. What we reflect indicates the type of people and things we surround ourselves with – and the people around us notice this.
As Christians, that is what we are called to do. We aren’t called to be successful or famous. Rather, we are called to be faithful. We can focus on reflecting who God is like a mirror, or we can fold and be like the rest of the world.
So, as we continue walking through life, we must remember our main purpose is to bring glory to God and reflect people off of us and towards Him. If we surround ourselves with people and other filling and wholesome media, we can be better equipped to live like Christ. That could mean you spend more time in prayer or you are meeting with an accountability partner every week. Find ways you can begin to embrace God and let Him into more areas of your life.
Having a close relationship spiritually with another believer is so important as a Christian. Having an accountability partner and being able to meet with someone that will pray with you and push you to continue being faithful to God is invaluable.
This is what I mean when I say surround yourself with the right kind of people. Find someone who will hold you accountable, that you can hold to the same standard. An individual who will live life alongside you, encouraging you and building you up every step of the way. When it comes to being a better reflection of Christ, finding an accountability partner and fellow brother in Christ significantly helped me. Seek out fellowship with other believers. Set goals and share them with one another. God can do big things. Let us strive together to live lives as mirrors, reflecting God’s glory and grace to all we encounter.