E-votional - The View
November 28, 2001
"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)


    Mirrors, they show what is being reflected. They tell the truth, most of the time. There are mirrors that can reflect an image that is narrower or wider, taller or shorter, but they still reflect the same image. Mirrors can fascinate and allow us to look at ourselves with praise or with critique, and with all they offer, can can be a great asset or hindrance. They have the ability allow us to look to he past or to the future. Who we are, who we have been, and/or who we would like to be.

   Hear the Good News, as we come to experience Christ in our life, we have the opportunity to leave much of our past mistakes and begin a new journey. Even as this is the case, we should never forget or ignore the past as there are lessons and learning opportunities that were there. From time to time we want to stop and look at where we are, where we have been and check our bearings to make sure where we are going is where it is we intend. Paul in his letter reminds us not to focus on where it is we have been, the past, but to focus and strain forward toward what is ahead. When it is that we need to have some type of assessment for our own journey, use the mirrors in your life, the mirrors that reflect the truth, not the distorted or warped reflections. Just as with mirrors, many of our "reflectors" offer more truth than do others. If you have a problem determining and "believing" the "truth" it is always good to ask for help.


   Gracious Father, through Christ I know the reflection of love and grace. Let me be a reflector of Your love and Your grace in the word. Keep me on task and on track to run the race that is my life. As I run, keep me from fatigue and injury that I may make the best of my moments and opportunities. Thank You for all that You have done in my life and all You will continue to do, for I ask this through Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.