When you look at yourself in the mirror do you see all the imperfections on your face like pimples, wrinkles and scars? We will focus on it so much that is all we can see. We even go as far as to point it out to other people. Look at this pimple of my face. These wrinkles are getting worse by the second. Funny thing is most people don’t see what we are looking at until we point it out to them. No, I didn’t see that pimple but now that you have pointed it out I can see it.
I believe we can do this with people too. What we choose to focus on or see in other’s lives come into focus and becomes magnified to us. Then, we share it with those around us and they will see it too.
My daughter Julia had a kid in her class this past school year that she complained about all the time. He bugs me. He is so loud. Why is he so mean to me?
I told her to shift the way she is being with him so to see something different something good about him. It took a few months for her to shift how she showed up with him but by the end of the school year she told me, “he wasn’t so bad and he is my friend now.”
You see when we focus in on the scratch, bruise or pimple the imperfections of those around us that is what comes into focus. So, let’s draw our attention back and look at the whole person the one God created for His pleasure and purpose.
7 But God told Samuel, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.” 1Samuel 16:7 msg
We have the heart of God in us from the Holy Spirit so why don’t we see others the way He sees them? Our own judgements, insecurities and jealousy keeps us from seeing our own potential and the potential of others.
Who in your life right now is bugging you or driving you crazy? How can you BE with them that would shift how you SEE them? Share on our comments.
Let me get you started. What qualities or characteristics would you like to see come forth from this person? Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, and maybe some self-control?? Then YOU start stepping into those qualities and allow your example to begin to influence them. Michelle 1 Cor 6:19