There are some people in my life who I really wish would get a clue and start acting the way I think they should. I mean if they would simply take my advice on a few things their lives would be so much better, more productive, well lets just say it, more Godly! Ha!
The problem with this mindset is, although I have the answers to everyone else’s issues and flaws around me, I still seem to have trouble helping the guy I see every morning in the mirror. At times I know exactly what he should do, but he just won’t listen.
What does God’s Word say?:
Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God-the free life!-even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action. James 1:22-25 (MSG)
So, until I can get this guy I meet with every morning in the mirror to listen, it is really pointless to get angry or have unrealistic expectations for those around me. As I get older, I am beginning to realize that my focus needs to be less on fixing those around me, or even trying to fix myself. I must “fix” my eyes on my Maker, Savior and Lord.
I must change my perspective and focus from being self-righteous, and correcting others, to a focus on Christ, the only One who can truly bring change and is the real distributor of righteousness through faith in Him alone.
In the morning, take a good look in the mirror and then walk away allowing Christ to fix the blemishes of our daily lives! Just a thought!
About the author: Lance Brown is the Founder and Director of WhoUWith? Ministries, established in July 2001. He also serves as the Sports Chaplain at Vanderbilt University.