Do You See What I See?

I am interrupting your regularly scheduled program to bring you this blog post.  I know, I know, I said this is a bi-weekly blog.  Forgive me, but I just can’t help myself today!!  I woke up this morning to the news that Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales was, well, over-exposed so to speak.  I must say my heart was sad and very troubled.  Troubled because I have enjoyed ‘seeing’ the man he’s becoming.  Representing his country and the Monarchy. I turned the tv up and waited for the full-blown story.  “Yikes,” I said, as I saw the pictures!  “What was he thinking?”, I asked out loud.  Okay, yes, he was behind closed doors and what he does should be nobody’s business. I hope he now knows ‘What’s Done in Vegas Does NOT Stay in Vegas’.  I know you’re probably thinking, so what?  What’s it to you?  Why do you care about Harry’s antics?  Aren’t there enough other things that could use your attention?  Yes, there are other things certainly more urgent and could really use my attention, but this story was a BIG reminder to me.  Why?  As a leader, I was reminded of what is expected of me when I am ‘off duty’.  You see, I believe that as a leader, I am never really ‘off duty’.  Even at home.  While I may not be fulfilling a specific role at the time, I am still on duty.  I am still representing Christ.  Always.

It’s been said that integrity is who you are when no one’s looking.  When we have the privilege of leading people, we must remember that we are to reflect Christ even when we’re not under the proverbial ‘spiritual’ spotlight.  Just like Prince Harry represents the United Kingdom, I, as a devoted follower of Christ, represent the Kingdom of God.  This goes for all of us who are devoted followers of Christ, leaders or not. Have you heard the old saying: “The higher the level, the higher the devil?” Well, its true.  The more influence you have, the more the enemy wants to take you down.  Not remembering this is a disaster waiting to happen!  Just like with Prince Harry and lots of other leaders we’ve all heard and read about.  While he will ‘hide for a while’, someone else now has the job of cleaning up his mess.  Again.  Indiscretion is a beast.  We shouldn’t put others in this predicament. Cleaning up our messes.  There are several things that I believe contributed to Harry’s expose’ (won’t go into that) and I think he should STOP and take a look at all that’s at stake.  For me, I try to remember what Numbers 32:23 says, “Be sure your sin will find you out.”  Indeed it does. I am living proof.  I have since learned to put some parameters in place in my own life.  For instance, I’ve chosen not to comment on certain FB posts that are political in nature (even though my fingers feverishly keep tapping my keyboard and my heart rate goes up!).  I try to watch what I say (and post) that could be misconstrued.  I also try to watch how I respond to others. When in doubt of how my comments may be received, emails won’t do.  I pick up the phone. I am also challenged to keep a complaining spirit to a minimum (will stop striving to do this when Christ splits the Eastern Sky!) and allow the Spirit to check the snarky comments I can make.  Especially to my husband.

Dear one, the looking-glass (God’s Word) teaches us to reflect Christ in our daily dealings (marriage, parenting, work, ministry, relationships, etc.) It would do us well to remember that when we think no one is looking, someone is always looking.  God is.  Let’s do well to represent Him well.

Until Christ is Reflected in me…

The Looking Glass Reflections–

+How have you had to remember that when you think no one is looking, God is looking?

+In what ways can you/do you reflect Christ in the ‘hidden’ areas of your life/ministry?

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About thelookingglassbykathy

A woman after God's own heart who challenges others to be the same through Biblical encouragement and challenges.
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5 Responses to Do You See What I See?

  1. Jacquie Lam says:

    Well said, Kathy! Well said. At first, I chalked it up to Harry being a young guy, feeling his oats. But, after reading your thoughts, I have changed my mind . Going forward, I will remember this and Numbers 32:23. I will choose not to comment on facebook. (Thank you for taking me off the hook!!) I will not put others (friends, family) in a position to clean up my mess. Oh the temptations. God is watching and I will do my very best to represent Him well. Thank you!

  2. Cindy says:

    I have not seen the pictures,,,,but the obvious point is that we are to make choices that best reflect Christ. This should not be a hardship, but a joy!

  3. Terry Nickens says:

    Kathy well put.
    That old saying “The higher the level, the higher the Devil” I never heard before. But when I read it tears came to my eyes & I said that’s Why! Some ppl in leadership came to mind. But the Holy Spirit reminded me that I
    had a leadership position at work! The more influence I had the more I was under attack.So I started to get stressed out & regret going to work. One of my saying was “I too Blessed to be Stressed” Boy did I forget that! I told others not to complain about where they work, but I found myself complaining. At one time even had Philippians 2:14( Do all things without murmuring and disputing/ complaining ) on top of my PC!
    Oh how we forget! Kathy this blog had me crying, angry with myself, but most of all seeking the Lord for forgiveness! Yes your sins will find you out!! When I think about all the ppl on my job who lives I influenced not only by the position I was in, but by the words of Spirit filled encouragement the Lord allowed me to give. I just can’t stop crying & asking for the Lords Mercy! Now I see why they fought so hard to get me off my job! It was not about me but Jesus! His testimony !
    I gave in to my flesh, got depressed, careless, & lost my job of 17 yrs in the end:(
    Moving forward I’m trusting the Lord, & I’m filling in the extra time with meditation & Prayer. Now I have no excuse!

    • Kathy says:

      Terry, your candidness is refreshing. I am so glad our God spoke to you through this blog. That’s my prayer as I write it. As you so eloquently said, you are moving forward and trusting God for where He has you now. Even though this was not the outcome you desired, here’s another chance to bloom where you are planted. Sounds like you’re doing just that. God bless you, dear sister.
      kathy

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