Devotions By Jan

Fun House Mirrors

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mirrors1Scripture for Today: Philippians 2:14-15 “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.'”

Fun house mirrors never fail to elicit a smile from me!  The more the mirror distorts the funnier the image.  One advantage for those who are shorter is seeing one’s self taller.  And for once, I can be incredibly thin!  That happens when the mirror is a concave shape, curving in.  Just as amusing is the mirror with a convex bulging out shape.  That makes one appear short and fat.  The light becomes distorted reflecting off these kinds of mirrors.

In our verse for today, those who are not children of God are described as a warped and crooked generation.  They see reality differently using the distorted light of their own reasoning rather than the light of God’s Word.  They call what is black, white and what is white, black.  This kind of warped thinking absolves them from perceiving guilt.

Those who are children of God are to be different.  We have the light of God’s Word, giving us a clear image of reality.  Because we reflect the image of Christ, we are to have a different standard.  We are to progressively become pure, blameless and without fault.  The contrast with the world is especially felt in one important area; grumbling or arguing.

It seems such a small simple thing, to do things without grumbling.  But in fact, I find it a  challenge.  My first inclination is to voice my discontent with unreasonable people, difficult and maddening tasks, or even the driver ahead of me!  Stress seems to find relief in verbally blowing off steam.

Lord, replace my grumbling with true heartfelt gratitude today.



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