Week 39 Thursday

The Heart’s Reflection

Today’s scripture selection: Proverbs 26-27

Key verse: Proverbs 27:19

“As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”

It reminds me of those old Kung Fu movies on television – the ones where a wise, sage old master tells his young protégé’ some great secret of life.

But it’s not from Hollywood – it’s from the book of Proverbs – and it’s very true.

Just the way a still pool of water reflects the image of your face, your life reflects what’s deep inside your heart.

It may be

  • Anger
  • Hurt
  • Bitterness
  • Grief
  • Suspicion
  • Greed
  • Jealousy
  • Lust

Or just has happily – the reflection can be one of

  • Love
  • Peace
  • Serenity
  • Faith
  • Hope
  • And real happiness

Every day gives you a fresh opportunity to reflect to others who you are and to Whom you belong.

Which will it be?

Prayer: Lord, may even the simple actions of my life reflect a heart filled with love, hope, and faith.  AMEN.



By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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