A Good Look in the Mirror

Posted: June 1, 2011 in Just Me, Uncategorized
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Who do you see when you look in the mirror?

Scary? Yes. Do you dare? Take a look, as I did, in the mirror and see if you like who you’ve become! Possibly the most convicting and humbling experience you’ll have today! It was for me!

This is always a very hard thing to do but I was forced to take a long, deep look in the mirror today and no, I didn’t like what or who I saw. I’m not talking about being superficial or prideful. I mean really seeing who I was on the inside, like the way God sees me.  It can be totally humbling and convicting, to say the least.

It can come from a stranger seeing you falsely for their first impression of you. It can come from a family member  or old friend pointing out something you swore you’d never become. It can even come from the way a child looks at you when you’ve said or done something. No matter how it comes, when it does, it’s brutal to hear. It’s even more devastating to see when you actually do dare to take that look at the reflection that you honestly thought was that of God. Do you see love, gentleness, kindness, etc? or do you see selfishness, insecurity, stubbornness, anger, hatred, spite, etc?

Gal. 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. “

I’m not going to share what I saw today but know that it was time and it convicted me to ask God to help me work on the imperfections I saw, to help me become more like Him and less like me – that part of me I don’t like. It doesn’t really matter how I look on the outside but what’s on the inside does flow over to the outside and people are affected by who I am on the inside.

How long’s it been since you’ve taken that look? Be prepared – it won’t be easy! Have a box of kleenex handy if you’re willing to be honest and transparent in front of God! (like you can be anything but, haha) Ask yourself, like I had to ask me, “Do people see Him when they see me or do they see the me I want them to see?” It’s an ongoing battle but I do want them to see the me He wants me to be. I want them to see Him in me!

I’m still a work in progress but I think I’m well on my way if I didn’t listen to the mean criticism of those who only want to hurt me and listen to the heart of my heavenly Father who wants to better me! I know my value to Him (Psalm 139) and even with some much needed improvements I’m still not as bad as the enemy wants to convince me I am.

So, I’ll continue trying, and with God’s help, and a deaf ear to Satan, I’ll become even more of a reflection of God  and the woman in the mirror that I long to see.

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