I’ve been doing a lot of traveling lately. I’m been all over Texas…from Houston to San Antonio to El Paso to Amarillo to Wichita Falls and all over the Dallas area this month. Outside of Texas I’ve been to Oklahoma City, OK, Memphis, TN, and Shreveport, LA multiple times.
When a truck driver does that type of delivering there are two options for sleeping away from home. You either konk out in the back of the truck if it has a bed or you luck out and the company pays for a motel room.
I’ve been fortunate enough to fall in the second camp of camping in a well-equipped, climate-controlled setting.
The last motel room I was in had an interesting phenomenon in it. Each wall had the same picture on it whether I wanted to look at it or not.
It’s not that I was unfamiliar to this picture. I see it often, whether I want to or not.
I think one of the reasons the picture was tiring was because it looked tired, at least the subject matter did.
The glossy surface of the portrait made me a bit suspicious as to the motive of the motel personnel who decided on this motif.
I guess they didn’t want anyone leaving their establishment with the excuse that they didn’t know they had something stuck between their teeth.
Yeah, I was getting paranoid from all of the mirrors on every wall I looked at.
I understand the one in the bathroom over the sink. I fully expect one there. But do I need to look at my reflection while I’m working on something at the desk? And I absolutely don’t appreciate seeing myself sitting on the toilet when I close that door. Let’s get real here.
It got me to thinking about how often folks don’t really want to look at who they really are.
I’m not talking about their outward appearance. Anybody can change that easily enough.
I’m thinking about soul searching deep inside. How often do people do that investigation?
When did you last perform such introspection?
While driving these long distances I’ve had a lot of time to think about many things. Prayers frequently follow my thoughts whether it’s about me or someone else on my mind.
James 1:19-27 is a section of scripture that holds a lot of insight in it. Central to James’s theme is this thought of looking intently into a mirror and deciding what to do about what you see, if anything.
I pity people who don’t change after they’re shown something in the Bible about how we’re supposed to live.
I’ve never been a big fan of new year’s resolutions. I prefer to make changes as soon as I’m made aware of them.
The problem with most folks is they’re too caught up with living to actually live.
Their lives are too busy to step back to analyse anything for long.
Make the most of your reflection time. If you haven’t had any lately then set some time aside soon.
The new year is right around the corner. Now would be a great time to decide what you want to change so your life pleases God the Father.
All those mirrors in my room apparently did little to improve my appearance that day. The last thing the guy behind the check out desk did was point out where they had some coffee I could drink before I hit the road.
When you’re suffering through a cold good sleep can be so elusive. Don’t let God’s design for your life elude you as you decide what changes you need to make.
Keep smiling. Wade