The new lenses on my eyeglasses are designed to eliminate glare. They work well. They are also purple. The color doesn't bother me. In fact, I don't even notice it until I look in a mirror or notice the quizzical look of the person staring at me.
The first time I became aware my lenses were noticeable to others was when a young twenty-something stared, smiled, and said, "Cool glasses." I felt obliged to tell her it was due to a special anti-glare coating. The next time was when the cashier taking my fast food order tilted her head, leaned forward, leaned back, and then told me she loved my glasses. Again, I explained about the coating. The latest time was when the waitress taking my order kept moving her head from side to side and squinted her eyes. She didn't need to say anything. I knew my lenses were reflecting purple.
How many times, I wonder, do people look at us and see something different? Do they tilt their heads with curiosity? Are they intrigued? Do they move in closer because they want to know more?
As Christians, we are supposed to be in the world not of it. Just like my purple lenses, we are to be different. Our reflection should make people wonder what it is about us that is different. Not odd, mind you, but different. Different because we reflect the glory of Jesus.
Our choice of words should reflect an attitude like Christ. And so should the things we choose to occupy our time. If someone observed us for a 24-hour period, taking note of how we treat others, would they want to know more about the Lord we serve?
Live your life in a way that continually reflects Jesus. Let it become an automatic response. And when someone notices, you can eagerly explain, “It is because His special coating covers me.”
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