For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
I wasn’t sure really what to write about in this letter from the editor until the other night when I was sitting there at the dinner table. Like any other night, my husband, myself, and my son all sat down, said our prayer and began our meal. I was telling my husband a story and began shaking my head back and forth while saying no. Before I knew it my son was doing the same. Out of no where he began imitating me. My initial reaction was AWEEE he is copying me, but then immediately after the cuteness wore off my thoughts shifted to OH MY GOSH he is watching me and my every move. It was there that I thought maybe I should write about reflection.
I really started to think about what kind of kind of reflection I was giving to others. What would people say about the kind of person I was reflecting to be? How was my son seeing me? Was he seeing me come home tired everyday, complaining about the things I couldn’t change or was he seeing me enjoying everyday of life, although it may not have been the best. I want him to grow up to appreciate everyday even if it’s the worst day he has ever had and appreciate everyone in his life, the good and the bad, and the way he will learn that is by watching me.
In todays world it is so easy to get caught up in the everyday routines and pretty much just go through the motions, but those every day motions are reflecting on someone else. Have you ever gone somewhere maybe the bank and the teller was rude, or to a restaurant and the waiter was rude, and you thought to yourself, they must be having a bad day. Simple things like that are reminders that our attitude and actions reflect. To the farmer and rancher, your bountiful crop and heads of cattle reflects your hard work, to those kiddos, your successful projects and grades reflect your determination and hard work.
Everything we do has some sort of reflection. We are going to go through slumps, bad years of farming, ranching, showing, working, and good years, but we shouldn’t let our circumstances change who we are and how we are reflecting. Its simple to let the negative destroy our positive reflections. If you are overwhelmed by life, take comfort in this: You are not the source to the solution. You can't face these difficulties alone, and you're not meant to. There is good and back in everything.
Every person is fighting a battle that you may not know about, and everyone is different. That is what makes our world so diverse. We all bring a different reflection in our unique way. I encourage you to take a good look on your reflection. Set a good example. Let your reflection be the light in someone else’s darkness. What does yours say about you and others?