Monday, January 19, 2015

Coloring your life

Be careful what you add to your life. 

It changes you, it flavors you. 

All that we read or watch affects us. It affects who we are and how we act with those around us. Just a few drops of bitterness can change the color of a bright day and a bright life into something quite different, something we wouldn't want if we could see it in colors.

Be aware that we "color" our lives by what we put into them. Most of our lives end up looking like a muddy gray with no clarity, no distinct color, no brightness....just a mess of colors poured together. The picture we paint is confusing, the life we live does not tell anyone who we really are.

Choose your colors well....what you read, what you watch, what you say, what you entertain, who you hang out with....because they really do make a difference.

Here's a passage from Psalms that has fascinated me for a long time. It describes a man who isn't picky about the colors he puts into his life.

Psa 109:17 He also loved cursing, so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
Psa 109:18 But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, And it entered into his body like water And like oil into his bones.
Psa 109:19 Let it be to him as a garment with which he covers himself, And for a belt with which he constantly girds himself. 

His words had "colored" his life, how he thought, what he saw, and how he lived. It made him into someone he may have never imagined. 

Choose your colors carefully, make your life a painting that will beautifully point to Christ as Lord of your life, and will bring glory to God. We have enough "gray" people around us already, paint your life in such a way that all who look at you will see a painting of Jesus.

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