Saturday, January 5, 2013

The Person in the Mirror

Looking into the mirror can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how we react to what we see. Sometimes people look in the mirror for small imperfections they can immediately fix with the brush of the hair or a quick pick at the food in their teeth. Others see flaws in their appearance be it a nose they wish they could fix or a body they would allow a doctor to adjust if they had the means to arrange it. In some mirrors people may see a whole different story, someone they wish they could change altogether. They wish they were someone else with another life.

If you are one of those that see the negative, understand that no matter what you may feel about the person looking back at you in the mirror, you are special! God made you to be unique. You are His child and you are His perfect creation just the way you are! Satan uses those moments of insecurity to allow the thoughts of inadequacy or lack of selfworth effect how you feel around others. Moments like those may cause you to feel threatened by others who you feel are better than you. The more you tell yourself that you need to fix something or are worried about what people think about how you look, the more it will lead you to unhealthy relationships, and hinder your ability to have compassion or love for others.

If you don't see yourself as a beautiful child of God, how can you see others that way? If you are not satisfied by how God created you, then how can you become more intimate with your creator? Being obsessed with appearances or with desiring another life draws us away from God. If the reason we try to perfect our appearances is to impress other people, than it becomes a matter of pride. Matthew 23:12 says, "For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." We should be humbly aware of our appearance rather than try to conform to the world's standards. The desire to be physically fit and take care of the body God gave you is different than trying to appease the world's view of beauty. I Samuel 16:7 reminds us that "The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart."

Remember that true beauty is on the inside. God judges our hearts not our outward appearance.

Blessed in Christ,


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