1 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV)
Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise.
One of my fond memories I have growing up was the camping trips I would take with Christian Service Brigade. It always amazed me on sunny days how the ordinary and even unsightly things would be transformed into something beautiful by those warm and vibrant rays. An ordinary piece of moss glows with an almost fluorescent scope of greens and yellows, a long dead aspen is robed in silver or a plain rock suddenly displays the loveliest shades of red and brown.
Likewise, so it is with those of us who know the Lord. In Him we are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory. That which is ordinary about us, that which is unlovely is all in the midst of the beauty of his transformation within us that we might be more and more like him. What an absolutely amazing and wondrous truth is this.
So let us cast aside those negative thoughts about ourselves. Let us cast aside false guilt and discouragement when we feel we haven't measured up and let us rise on the wings of his Spirit to praise and glorify his name with bright and cheerful hearts full of the sunshine and beauty of the Son's transformation.
Dear Lord, thank you so much that we reflect Your glory and are being transformed into Your likeness. Bless us with continued faith to believe and embrace this amazing truth as we walk in the light of your Son. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.