This morning, while at my desk studying and praying, I began pondering the sayings of “looking through rose-colored glasses,” or being a “Pollyanna” and looking for the best in others. Then I asked myself “What is so wrong about any of those sayings?” I do know when I am looking for the Christ in someone, I am never disappointed just as when I am looking for a negative trait, I will find that as well. It is always our choice on what we are seeing.
Genesis 1:26 reads “Then said God, ‘Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.'” I also know in the Bible it says that God is Love and Truth so that must mean man is made in that image and likeness. When I remember that, I know that I come from Love and don’t have to look for it, but I attract it and it comes into my experience. I have found Love is always the answer!
This morning as I was thinking about the above commandment, another way of looking at it came to thought. Man’s true identity can never be stolen from him as God’s precious child, whether it comes in the guise of illness, unflattering label or gossip. Man was/is made in the image and likeness of God and that fact never changes. Psalms 86:8 reads “The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy O Lord, endureth for me.”
Man shall never experience loss of Good when his mind is on God!
While watching a program last night on television, a man played such a despicable part and a woman played such a fearful role that they both were believable. After a while, I couldn’t separate them from the role they were playing. Then I began thinking of someone I know who has an undesirable trait that appears real! My thought shifted as I prayed to see him as the child of God he really is. He is succeeding in this part without even knowing his true identity. Today I will focus on his real identity, whether or not he is aware of it.
Luke 6:37 reads “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”
While watching all of the rescues and good deeds being carried out in Houston and surrounding areas, my heart is lifted by the inclusive Love being shown, rather than excluding anyone. It doesn’t need to take a disaster of this magnitude to experience this kind of Love. 2 Corinthians 5:16 reads, “Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we Him no more.” Isn’t that what that verse is saying? Look at man through God’s (Love’s) eyes. He doesn’t see a color or a race but His image and likeness.
Many years ago while selling diamonds, a young man walked into our upscale store who was covered with tattoos and piercings with long hair. My day would start with Philippians 2:5 which reads “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” That , to me, included neither judgement nor fear. All of the other sales associates either went to the back of the store or got busy as to not have to wait on him.
Not only did I sell him an expensive diamond but I got to know a loving, kind and intelligent young man. A week later when he came back to pick up the ring we had sized for him, he brought me a long-stem red rose and his fiancée was with him. She immediately hugged me and told me that he had gone to eight other jewelry stores and no one would assist him. I can so remember that day when I really learned to look through God’s eyes and see only “Love”.
Yesterday, when I went for a manicure and was led to the fourth table, and set my purse down, I looked over at a man I had not seen before and his right hand had been badly burned and there was no thumb. This man was going to give me my manicure along with humility. Immediately, I went into prayer, not from pity for this man but to see him through God’s eyes. The verse from 1 Samuel 16:7 came to mind which reads, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart'”. Truly, his eyes glowed with Love, intelligence and compassion and I, too, saw his true being.
As I continue to pray to know God better, I see Him everywhere!
When talking with a sculptor once, he told me the perfect idea of the piece was always there and it was revealed as he sculpted away all the excess that didn’t belong. Isn’t that the very same with man? God’s perfect child is always there, but sometimes certain ungodlike traits need to be corrected and released.
Romans 8:28 reads, “We are assured and know that God being a partner in their labor all things work together and are fitting into a plan for good to and for those who love God and are called according to His design and purpose.” Understanding the Divine is always available to us as we approach God with gratitude and humility and expectance! As we realize our perfection more, we are able to see it in others.