There is a 50-story skyscraper near the town where I live. It is an impressive, three sided glass tower that can be seen from miles in all directions. I drive past it twice a day on my way to and from work. In the mornings, I am sometimes blinded by the rising sun reflecting off its mirrored surfaces.
Recently, as I was driving home in traffic that scarcely seemed to move, I spent several minutes admiring the reflection of the setting sun in this massive building. The entire western face of the tower was covered in gorgeous hues of pink, purple, yellow and orange. It was a breathtaking sight and I continued to watch until the sun finished setting and the last pale colors faded from the tower.
Since that day, I have paid particular attention to the reflections in this tower. I have witnessed magnificent sunsets and sunrises, spectacular cloud formations and beautiful big, bright moons. I have also seen the reflections of dark, foreboding storm clouds, terrifying lightning flashes and driving rain. At times, when I have driven close enough, I have seen the glare of street lights, traffic signals and the trash, dirt and debris that sometimes clutters the streets adjacent to the tower.
As I thought about all the images that I saw reflected in this tower, it occurred to me that without anything to reflect in it, the tower is just plain, cold, mirrored glass. It only reflects the things that are in front of it, or that surround it. It receives its beauty from the things that are reflected in it.
Much like this tower, we are a reflection of the things that we choose to surround ourselves with and the things we take into our lives. We are a reflection of the books we read, the music we listen to, the movies and television shows that we watch and the people with which we choose to spend our time.
The tower is just glass and steel. It cannot choose what it reflects, but we can. We can choose to surround ourselves with things that are good, positive and uplifting or we can choose to surround ourselves with things that are negative, repulsive and ugly. We can choose to surround ourselves with beauty and loveliness and take those things into our lives that uplift and inspire.
So now, twice a day when I drive by this tower, I remind myself that I am a reflection of the things that I choose to make a part of my life. When I do, I try harder to make better choices in hopes that it will be a reflection of the Savior and His teachings that others see in me.