(c) 2013 Karen Todd
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was....if anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless.... James 1:23-24; 26Unfortunately, this verse seems to sum up so much of what I have seen, experienced and accomplished over this past year. Have we forgotten what kind of man or woman we are? Have we been quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to anger? (James 1:19-20) I haven't always.
I think I know why. I haven't been like the man spoken of in Psalm 1:2-3
...but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates (thinks intently) day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither, and whatever he does shall prosper.
When we think hard about something it changes us and it effects our words. ...out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouths speak (Matthew 12:34b)
So what am I reflecting? Am I reflecting a godly woman who hasn't forgotten that I am an ambassador for Christ or am I reflecting a self-centered, world woman who has forgotten who I am and more importantly, whose I am? I want to change this in the new year. I don't expect to become perfect at it because I will never be perfect at it but I want to be proactive about growing. I want to be prosperous in the things that are important.