In the cool crisp early morning light, I saw the sun casting shadows upon the ground of the Bradford pear trees on our road. I had noticed their beauty before but on this particular morning I stopped to observe each shadow as it fell. The shadow drew a glimpse of each tree as a dark form reflecting the source of light behind it. Each shadow was slightly different. While the shadow was not a full image of the tree, you knew what the image was suppose to be. It was a tree. Depending upon the direction of the sun, the shadow would be full or slender, long or short.
We are a reflection to others based on the different values and character traits that make us who we are. We reflect goodness, kindness, love and compassion based on the source of light behind us. If the light we are reflecting is based only on self, we reflect self. If, however, we are reflecting the fruits of the Spirit because we have the Spirit of God dwelling within us then Jesus Christ is who we reflect.
So the question is this. What do you reflect? Are you a reflection of self or do you reflect the Son shine?
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.