We become what we behold

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Hello. I am writing this late Sunday night. I am not at my desk. Rather, I am sat on an easy to wipe garden chair with my toddler on my lap. In the last hour she has thrown up twice. (On the carpet plus her and my clothes the first time, over her bed and clothes the second.) So now I am waiting for either the next gush or for her to fall asleep. Poor baby.

Some thoughts I had today

So yeah, my originally planned post for tomorrow is not going to get written. But here’s a post nonetheless! I thought I‘d just share something that jumped out at me while reading the Bible today.

Lately I have only really read the verse for the day but today I started a Bible study on the letter to the Colossians.

Funnily enough, the verse that caused me to pause and ponder wasn’t from Colossians but a from a passage that was cross-referenced.

“(…) We know that when he appears, we will be like him because we will see him as he is.”

1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭2‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Becoming like Jesus

I have read this passage before but I think I never really thought about it much. How we become more like Jesus is a topic that interests me a lot at the moment.

We will be like him (Jesus) because we will see him. When we see Jesus, know him, look at him, then we become like him.

I think this is a general principle. We become what we behold. Whatever I fill my mind and soul and heart with, will shape who I become. The books I read, the TV I watch, the people I hang out with all impact me, whether I notice it or not.

So, here’s some potentially uncomfrotable questions:

  • When you examine the things you spend most of your time looking at – do you like the trajectory you are on?
  • Will those things make you more like Jesus? Or like somebody else instead?

What impact do I have on others?

I had another thought. My daughter SJ spends most of her days looking at me. Who will she therefore become?

And my friends and family, people who read my blog, my colleagues – do I have a positive impact on them?

When I think about it – being a person comes with a lot of responsibility. And opportunity. I guess you could say, we are all influencers in some way. The question is how we are going to use our influence on others.

That’s all I have got

That’s all for tonight. Just some thoughts, nothing new or refined, but there you are! Also – in case you were wondering – by the time I am finishing these lines I have cleaned up sick two more times. Fingers crossed for a bit of sleep.

This is Day 34 of my 100 Day Project. You can learn more about my 100 day project by reading this post. If you want to do your own 100 day Project, I would recommend checking out the 100 Day Project website.

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