Victims to Gifts
The theme for this month is ‘Victims to Gifts’. The idea behind this is that for some of us a journey is necessary; a transition from seeing ourselves as victims – downtrodden by life and needing so much - to recognising that we are in fact gifts to others.
No-one else reflects Jesus in the unique way that you do.
Questions about our value are often at the heart of this.
What is our value to other people?
Do we actually have anything to pass on to others?
One of the joys of encounterprayer is that it begins with us focussing on the reality of the Father’s love for us. Here, we seek to catch his genuine delight in us and our immense value to him, but how does this equate with us being gifts to other people?
I have to admit that I was never a frequent attender at discos, but I have seen pictures of disco mirrors – large balls covered in tiny mirrors that hang from the ceiling. As a light shines on to these ball-shaped mirrors, the light is reflected all around the room.
Such an image gives us a picture of the body of Christ, to which we all belong. The whole body is the ball, and each one of us is a piece of it – an individually placed piece of mirror that uniquely reflects a part of Jesus. No-one else reflects him in the unique way that you do. Therefore, each of us is a gift to other people, whether we recognise it or not. If we are unable to open our eyes and see our own uniqueness, we are depriving others of the gift that we are to them.
You can give something unique to absolutely everyone you see today! It might be as small as a smile, but you may be the only person to offer them that today.
Go and be a gift!