As in water face reflects face,
So the heart of man reflects man.
Proverbs 27:19 (NASB)
What does this verse say to me today?
I think of how little I actually look in the mirror to check my outward appearance. On a daily basis, I may check my appearance a few times, and definitely before heading out the door, but I am not one to spend a lot of time in front of a mirror. Truthfully, I just don't have the time, and have become 'low maintenance' out of necessity.
Thinking about that and looking at the above verse, I began to wonder how much time I spend reflecting on what is coming out of my heart. Do I spend as little time 'checking' my heart in God's mirror, His Word,
as I spend on checking my hair in the mirror? Do I take a 'low maintenace' approach to my spiritual life?
May this never be so! However, an honest assessment would reveal that yes, sometimes, I don't take the time to check my heart, including attitudes, motives, and thoughts, before I act. These are the times when I'm not reflecting God's glory or His grace. These are times when I have wasted an opportunity to share His love with others. As this saddens my heart, I have decided to memorize this verse. It is my hope that by memorizing these words, I will be reminded to examine my heart more often, and allow my Savior to be reflected through me more often.
I had already prepared this post, but was asked to share how I memorize Scripture, and wanted to include that information as well. I tend to take a read, write, and review approach to memorizing. I like to read the verse over and over in my Bible. Then, I write it on in a 'notebook' of index cards. This 'notebook' sits on its side above my kitchen sink, open to the verse I am currently working on memorizing or the verse that I am reflecting and pondering that day. While I work in my kitchen, I work on memorizing the Scripture. Since I'm in my kitchen a lot, this tends to work for me.
Today, I'll be linking this post with both Mustard Seed Planting at Mom's Mustard Seed
and Word Filled Wednesday at Internet Cafe Devotions.