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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)

TITLE: Mirror Image
By Janet Kelly



I recently started a new job working in an eye clinic. I have been trying to familiarize myself with some of the “vision terminology” because it is all new to me.

When I was reading the definition of astigmatism I found that it is an optical defect where the vision is blurred due to the inability of the optics of the eye to focus on a point object into a sharp focused image. Blurred vision, the inability to focus the object into a sharp focused image....hmmm. What about my image to be like Christ? Am I focused enough on Christ and his leading that others may see a sharp image of Christ in me?

I Corinthians 13:12 says “For now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (KJV) I am not the image of Christ that I want to be right now. One day I will be all that Christ intended me to be. When I see my Savior face to face then I will reach my maturity and have perfect knowledge. Only then will I be all that Christ intended me to be. Until that time I must keep my eyes on the goal and not on the means of achieving that goal.

My heart's desire is to be more like Christ. This prayer reflects this desire, so from my heart to yours:

Dear Lord I want to be just like you.
When I look into the mirror I see my face
When I look into my spiritual mirror, I want to see your grace.
You are the perfect example of what each of us should be
Yes, fruit of the spirit is what you want from me.
You have left me your Word to be my daily guide
But the changes in me begin on the inside.
Being like you is no easy task
But you have promised to help if I will only ask.
To be like you is a lofty goal,
I must commit to you my body, mind and soul.
Trudging through this life gets very hard sometimes
The path that we walk is like a land mine
There is always something or someone to hinder our way
Look at the Christian they often will say
I don’t see anything different in their life from mine.
I can’t see being a Christian is anything fine.
Perfection I know I can never achieve
But I must keep striving and always believe
That every chisel in my armor makes me more like your image
Whatever pain and struggle I find on this pilgrimage
Will be worth all of the failures and frustration I’ve felt
If I can find favor when before you I’ve knelt
Help me to let you be the potter and me be the clay
And allow You to mold me and shape me each way
And when you are finished may the sharp image I see
Be all You Lord and nothing of me.

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Bonnie Bowden 03/15/13
I really liked how you lead into your poem. Well done.
Judith Gayle Smith03/17/13
I LOVE this!
Hebrews 10:26-31
Barbara DiCenzo03/17/13
Well done, Like your introduction and the depth of the poem .
C D Swanson 03/17/13
Loved the opening and the powerful prayer closing.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/22/13
This is really lovely. I felt like you had been peeking into my mind, right down to my real blurry vision.

I know punctuation can be a style choice in poetry, but I did stumble on "look at the Christian," they often say
and if you had added the quotes and comma, I don't think I would have stumbled.

I do think this is a heart-felt prayer. I love how you lay your raw emotions out to share with the world, knowing Jesus will protect them. Congratulations on ranking 8th in level one!
Joseph Veseli03/23/13
I read one time, I wish I could remember who said it, that when he died, he wanted his name to be forgotten and all glory be to God.

This writing and prayer, really reminded me of that. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I love to read other's prayers, especially ones so sweet!

To God be all Glory!