Posts Tagged ‘image’

Have you ever felt like this? Bored!

We’ve probably all felt like that sometime. For the last few weeks, and the next while I am not working. This doesn’t mean I’ve been free to do what I want or go where I want as I’ve been very limited in what I am able to do physically. This has meant that I’ve had to find lots of things to do which involve limited physical activity at the very most, and that’s hard! You’ve got to be really desperate to watch day-time TV, and there’s only so much you can read, so yes, I have found myself feeling bored and frustrated at times.

So out of interest I googled ‘bored’, and had a look at some of the images it offered me that relate to being bored. This one was definitely my favourite

Don’t worry folks, I haven’t (yet!) done this 🙂

My lesson from this is that if ever I need cheered up, just google how you feel and have a look at the images it suggests, you’re sure to see one that amuses you and brightens your day.

Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered who the person was that was looking back at you?

old_woman_mirrorSometimes when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror I don’t think anything of it, but other times it can seem like a stranger looking back at me. Yes, it still looks like me, but a much older version of me! It sometimes feels like a whole chunk of my life has gone missing, and that I’ve suddenly aged by 10/15 years!

It’s strange isn’t it, as I obviously see my reflection in the mirror every day, yet sometimes I don’t recognise my own reflection! Before you say it, my eyesight is fine – yes, I need glasses for reading, but otherwise my eyesight is absolutely fine.

The daft thing is, while the current mirror image of me sometimes seems unrecognisable to me, it’s the inner me from years ago I no longer recognise! I sometimes look back and wonder “what was I thinking” about my clothes, hairstyles, actions and my words, but realise then that if it hadn’t been for all those situations and events in my past, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

Yes, in another 10/15 years, I’m sure my mirror image will be very different again, but I also hope the inner me is also different, as I’m so very aware of so many things that I need could do so much better, especially when it comes to my words and my actions!

How about you, how’s your mirror image?

 

Repeat after me…
I am a divine creation – one of God‘s masterpieces.

and again, repeat after me…
I am a divine creation – one of God’s masterpieces.

Do you feel like a masterpiece?

No? Well you should, because God created you. He didn’t mass produce us, He designed each one of us individually and plan every breath and every step of our life before we were even born. God loves us, and made us in His own image so of course we must be masterpieces!

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

So let’s repay God for creating us, by loving and serving Him all our days.

Today in the final part of my Image blog posts, I want us to think about ourselves. i.e. Our own image. By this I don’t mean our physical image, but instead our spiritual image…

We know we are all different both outwardly and inwardly, but does that mean we can’t all be the image of Christ?

Being the “image of Christ” isn’t about what or who we look like, but it’s about the kind of person we are, how we act in every situation and what we say to both our friends and our enemies.

I came across the following quote recently and I think it fits with my thoughts today:

To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.

by G. K. Chesterton

This is backed up by scripture in Romans 12:9-10 (The Message)

Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.

To be considered to be Christ-like, we must, as the above quote from G.K.Chesterton suggests, love every, including the unloveable. Now I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that it can be very very difficult sometime to love the unloveable, and sometimes because of situations that occur, it can even be very very difficult to love those we care deeply about.

So to love is Christ-like, but loving everyone is tough, that’s why we can’t expect to do succeed on our own, that’s why God has promised to be with us in every situation.

I’d like you to listen to a beautiful piece of music with inspirational lyrics which completely reinforces what I’ve said in the last few days about us being the image of Christ. I really hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, are blessed by it. Here are the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Christ In Me:

God made us in his image, so surely that means we must try to continue to be like God in all we do.

Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV)

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

I pray that others may see Christ in me in all I do, and that Christ may continue to grow in my live. I pray you too may become the image of Christ.

It can often be the little things that we do for others that can mean the biggest to someone else.

  • A phone call/email/text to ask how someone is feeling or to say you missed them today
  • An arm round someone’s shoulder to offer reassurance
  • A word of welcome to visitors
  • Offer of support to someone in time of difficulty
  • A phone call/email/text to say you missed them today

I’m sure you can think of many other “little things” we can do to offer support and encouragement to others.

Do you think when we do these “small things” can make a big difference to recipient? I do!

I have been both a giver and a recipient of some of the “small things” I’ve mentioned above. When I was the recipient I cannot find the words required to tell you just how much the supposedly small thing meant to me, as they often raised my spirits at a time when I felt everything was going wrong in my life. When I’ve been the giver, I also have been aware of just how much those small acts can mean, as I have seen the appreciation and sometimes also relief in the recipients eyes and/or voice, and that is a great feeling for the giver as well as the recipient!

Go on, make someone’s day today, even if it’s just a little thing it may well mean the world to the recipient.

First Impressions

Posted: December 3, 2009 in life, religion
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It’s said that first impressions last. Sometimes it can be very difficult to overcome our first impressions of people simply because of the situation or circumstance in which we first met them.

Have you ever stopped and thought about what kind of first impression you give to others?

As Christians, God requires us to lead sin free lives. If we do this the first impression we give others would be one of joy, happiness, love and contentment. Does this sound like you?

First impressions can last forever, and are often way off the mark. Make sure you give others the right first impression of you!

Is there anyone in your life who you’ve “rejected” because of the first impression you had of them? If so, put that aside and give them a second chance today!

Image of God
When my beauty fades away and all I see is gone
Reflection in my mirror doesn’t please you anymore
What will be left within me
You promise me eternal bliss
Never ending happiness
If I’d only look and play the right part
But, Now look what’s been left in me

Tell me why do I Why do I try
try so hard to please you
Can you promise me, In a few years
You will even remember my name

And I am made in the image of God
I am loved for who I am

Your flashy Magazines & & billboards always scream
Your worth don’t lie within, Its how you look it’s how you dress
It’s who you know
But, That’s a deadly trap
I’m breaking all your rules and getting off your path
cause I have come to see that where it leads is only heartbreak and shame
and who could be satisfied with that.
Tell me why do I Why do I try
try so hard to please you (Yeah)
Can you promise me, In a few years
You will even remember my name

And I am made in the image of God
I am loved for who I am
And though I may not please your eyes But always know, that
It’s in me that God takes delight

Takes delight (la la la)

Reflections

Posted: August 22, 2009 in religion
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What images came to your mind when you read the title of today’s blog “Reflections”? A mirror? Water? Glass?


A reflection is something, such as light, radiant heat, sound, or an image, that is reflected. A reflection doesn’t need to be an image or picture, so consider this, does your life reflect Jesus? Are you a shining example of Jesus’ love?

We can present a Christ-like image to others but if we do not live our life as Christ expects, our heart will nor radiate God’s love no matter how hard we try to outwardly convince people of our Christ-like ways.

Proverbs 27:19 (NLT)
As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.

As the above verse from Proverbs indicates, our heart will always give us away if we don’t truly life for Christ, just as the image of a face is a true reflection of that face.


How is your heart? Does it reflect God’s love?

God can help you live like Christ, so ask Him today to help you. Give your heart to Jesus today, He can then help change your heart…

Child of God

Posted: July 23, 2009 in family, religion
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Nehemiah 8:10 NIV
Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

I am a child of God, His treasured possession. He created me in His own image. He chose the day on which I was born. He has a plan and a purpose for my life.

I believe these words – Do you believe them about yourself?

Whether you believe these words or not, God did create you in His own image and He has planned out your life for you. So do something for God in return, listen to Him, tell others about Him and live your life in His service.

God will give you the strength to do all He asks of you, so don’t worry about anything.