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By Jean S. Horner

The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing.

For several days this incident kept coming to my mind. I began to wonder what would happen if our spiritual lives were to be shown in some special mirror as they really are — all the inner thoughts, feelings and motives. Would the way we look to God be a shock to us?

But the Lord has actually given us mirrors that reflect our inner selves — if we have the courage to look.

1. A place where Spirit-filled believers are gathered is an excellent climate in which to come face to face with our real selves.

2. Constructive criticism from other trusted believers helps us see ourselves.

3. Our communication with the Lord in prayer can reveal much about ourselves. Do we share everything about our lives with Him?

4. Experiencing God's presence during our times of prayer powerfully teaches us about ourselves.

5. God's Word is a faithful mirror of the spirit as we study Scripture.

What blessings the Lord has in store for us who are willing to see ourselves as God sees us and to pattern our lives after the Savior's. Not only will our outward appearance show our consecration, but our words and deeds will be His. Our faces will shine with His presence; our eyes will see with His eyes; His compassion will replace our criticism; and His divine love will radiate from our lives.

— "Reflections" originally appeared in the July 11, 1965, Pentecostal Evangel.
© 2015 The General Council of the Assemblies of God

 The Seed

A successful business man was growing old and knew it was time to choose a successor to take over the business.

Instead of choosing one of his Directors or his children, 
he decided to do something different. He called all the young executives in his company together. 

He said, "It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO. I have decided to choose one of you.

"The young executives were Shocked, but the boss continued. "I am going to give each one of you a SEED today - one very special SEED.

I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you.

I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO." 

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed. He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.

Everyday, he would water it and watch to see if it had 
grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow.  

Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.  
Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing.  
By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn't have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by -- still nothing in Jim's pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn't say anything to his colleagues, however... He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil - He so wanted the seed to grow. 

A year finally went by and all t he young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. 
Jim told his wife that he wasn't going to take an empty pot. 
But she asked him to be honest about what happened. Jim felt sick to his stomach, it was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.

He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful -- in all shapes and sizes.

Jim put his empty pot on the floor and 
many of his colleagues laughed, a few felt sorry for him! 

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives. 

Jim just tried to hide in the back. "My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown," said the CEO. "Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!" 

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty po t. He ordered the Financial Director to bring him to the front.

Jim was terrified. He thought, "The CEO knows I'm a 
failure! Maybe he will have me fired!"  

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed - Jim told him the story.  

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, "Behold your next Chief Executive Officer! His name is Jim!"

Jim couldn't believe it. Jim couldn't even grow his seed. 

"How could he be the new CEO?" the others said. 

Then the CEO said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead - it was not possible for them to grow. 

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, yo u substituted another seed for the one I gave you.

Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive Officer!" 

* If you plant honesty, you will reap trust  

* If you plant goodness, you will reap friends 

* If you plant humility, you will reap greatness 

* If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment 

* If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective 

* If you plant hard work, you will reap success 

* If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation

* If you plant faith in God , you will reap a harvest 

So, be careful what you plant now; 
it will determine what you will reap later..

"Whatever You Give To Life, Life Gives You Back