Five Minute Friday scribblings, Perspective

Reflect: What Do I Reflect?

Window reflection

By +Jeanne Takenaka @JeanneTakenaka

Our Five Minute Friday prompt this week is—REFLECT. This largely unedited “rough draft” form of writing stretches this perfectionist, in the best of ways. I write for five minutes on a given topic. If you’re interested in learning more about 5-Minute Fridays, check out our hostess, Kate Motaung’s site. Or, click on the link at the bottom of this post. As you read my simpler Friday posts, I hope you’ll join in the conversation!


I’d just gotten done snipping at one of the boys for not letting me get to “my” much needed “Me” time. I’m sure I hurt his feelings, at least a little bit. As I closed the door to my room and tried to lose myself in an online chat, the word REFLECT came up.

Oh boy.

What am I reflecting to those around me? When life gets crazy, the waters of my spirit get muddied.

And my heart gets selfish.

And my words and actions reflect the ugliest parts of me.

Is that what I want my boys to remember when they move out of our house one day and begin lives of their own?

When I am impatient with a person on the phone or a cashier in the store (which I try not to be, but those muddy waters sometimes encourage it), what am I reflecting?

My heart’s desire is to reflect Jesus’ light to those around me. I don’t want them to see my sinfulness, my selfishness.

Interrupted Reflection

Let’s face it, sometimes we’re all a mess. We’re working out our salvation one painful day at a time. We’re making mistakes.

Sometimes Jesus’ love is a dim reflection in the shadow of my “me-ness.” My selfishness.

Sometimes I don’t reflect Jesus accurately at all, rather a choppy image of His presence within me.

My desire is to reflect His joy, His love, His kindness to those around me.

Whether I feel like it or not.

To choose kindness when life is hard, when the kids are testy, when the hubby is traveling.

To reflect love when someone hurts me, or life gets too busy, or I am feeling like a failure.

Blue Mesa Reflections

When I am seeking Jesus—when I’m refreshed by Him—then the waters of my heart are clear and reflect Him well.

And those boys of mine? As soon as I asked forgiveness for my sharp tones, arms wrapped around my neck. Thank goodness they will overlook my selfishness.

What about you? What helps you reflect Jesus to those around you? What are you reflecting on as 2015 comes to a close?

Join in with Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday post—REFLECT