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by Mark Malcolm

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You are a mirror. You reflect to the world those things you hold in your heart. Where your eye goes, your heart follows. So, what things does your eye follow?

We also have lives. We do things, we go places, we meet people as we do the things we need to do in life. How do they perceive your life? What message does it give? What image do they see you created in as reflected in how you live?

Jesus Christ presents us with Hope daily. He is the Hope of the future self, the New Self we’ve been working to bring about. It is the image of that New Self we want people to see reflected. It is the image of that New Self that will be appealing to get people to accept the invitation to the party that we should be offering. The trouble is the Old Self is still there, even when we throw it off and polish it all away, we still know who we were before.

The Holy Spirit brings us Peace when we seek it from Him. We seek it when we pray. We seek it when we delve into His word to learn more. We seek that Peace when we chose things He reveals to us as good over those things He reveals to us as bad. We seek His Peace as we polish the surface and actively chose to focus the mirror of our heart on the good things instead of the bad things.

Joy springs forth from within us as a flower from the renewing spring rain. The waters of righteousness wash our soul and water our garden making all things good grow within us. The Joy of willingly walking the path God has for us feeds our inner being in ways that are almost unexplainable.

Hope, Peace, and Joy cause Love to spring forth like flowers in the garden. We end up with an abundance of these things we can hand out as though we had an endless bouquet of pretty things to give away. These flowers of Love come from tending the garden of our heart regularly and they are not to be held to ourselves. There are those we meet who desperately require a little color to come into. their life, a little fragrance from the garden in bloom. It has been given to us to provide that small moment of happiness to them.

Plucking the flower and passing it out does remove it from our garden, yes. But it then provides room for the next bloom to blossom bringing with it all new color and fragrance we can enjoy until we are called to give it away also. We should have no fear of this because the Gardener is with us, tending to the soil, fertilizing the flowers, watering the plants. He builds us up so that we might then also build up others and encourage them. It is in His strength that we are able to move through our own garden and help with the weeding. But this can only happen if we open the gate and let Him in.

Bio from my web site :

Smiling Mark IIMark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

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