Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (Romans 13:14 NRSV)
A man named Lolley was scheduled to speak as a guest one Sunday morning in a small church. As he was waiting for the service to start, he decided that he needed to comb his hair and straighten his tie. Unfortunately, he couldn't find a mirror. But he did find a glass-framed picture hanging on the wall, and by turning just right, he could see himself well enough in the reflection to comb his hair and redo his tie. But then he noticed something. The picture behind the glass was one of Jesus. And when he stood at the proper angle to see himself, he couldn't see Jesus. But when he turned at another angle to see Jesus, he could no longer see himself. He either lost himself in the image of Christ or he lost Christ when he concentrated on himself. He couldn't see both at the same time.

Lolley was deeply touched by that experience, and he never forgot it. Nor should we. Faith is the willingness to take our eyes off of ourselves and trust God as we lose ourselves in the image of Christ.

Dear God, may others see me less and Christ more. Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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