Recently, I had a discussion about how life experiences can harden us and prevent us from seeing the face of God in one another. This led me to the realization that when we do this we are hurting others and ourselves. It can be hard to see the image of God in others at times. It can be hard to see the image of God in ourselves at times too!
Our thoughts, actions and words are like a dimmer switch.
The dimmer switch can be turned all the way bright when our thoughts, words and actions reflect God in our lives. The light of God dims when our thoughts, actions and words do not reflect Him in our lives. By dimming the light of God within us, we are cheating the world of the good God has created us for.
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Every single person is created in the image and likeness of God.
I try to look beyond a person's actions to help me see the image of likeness of God in them. I may not like what that person has said or done or what I have said or done but I know God is present within them (and me) even if the dimmer switch is more towards the dark than the light.
God created each and every one of us with intention.
He created each and every one of us out of His love for us. As I pondered how our life experiences can harden us, the following Scripture came to mind.
Luke 12: 7 “Why, every hair on your head has been counted. There is no need to be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows.”
I happen to have a head full of hair and I cannot imagine that God loves me so much that He knows my hair count! God created each of us to love and be loved. Each of us was created with intention. And each of us is called to live a life with our dimmers turned all the way up!
Copyright 2016 Lorrie Lane Dyer
About the Author
Lorrie Lane Dyer is a facilitator for the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation with the University of Dayton as well as religious education and parish coordinator. She is working on her Masters of Leadership Development, with a focus in Military Chapel programs at St. Mary of the Woods College. Her faith provides her with inspiration for many of her poetry collections, columns and short stories.