I start each morning like most people. I wake up, make a cup of coffee (with a spoon full of hot cocoa), and then head to the bathroom to get ready for the day.
The mirror always reveals the damage of a solid nights sleep. My hair is always looking crazy, with frizzy hair and random curls that weren’t there before. The makeup I failed to remove entirely the night before smudged under my eyes. My contacts blurred as I try to gain focus.
A mirror is a funny thing, if you really think about it. It’s the only time that we are given a full live motion picture of ourselves, face-to-face.
It gives us a chance to be real with ourselves. We can criticize ourselves. Fix ourselves. Change ourselves. Maybe even crack a smile or funny face every once in a while.
But what happens when we take it deeper. Then what will you see?
For me, I see someone who is way to critical of herself. Who is guilty of comparing herself to others. Who worries way to often about things she cannot control.
I see a wife who loves her husband more than life itself. I see someone who fights hard for what she believes in.
I see a woman who lacks patience and is afraid to be judged so she never speaks out.
I see an imperfect perfectionist. A person who let’s insecurities take control.
I see a sinner, and a child of God.
I see someone who is forgiven, and who is loved unconditionally by my Father.
Too often I forget to really accept who I am because I don’t always like what I see. I get caught up with being critical of myself and in return with others around me.
Too often I forget the true person that I am meant to be. I am a follower of Christ and he accepts me for all that I am. Flaws and all.
When I remind myself of this, I find that I can love myself better as I stare into that mirror. In return I am more capable to love others better and accept them for who they are on the inside. Flaws and all.
Friends, I feel it is important to find yourself on a deeper level. To find your struggles and work to better yourself. And to remember that you too are a child of God, and that he loves you more than you can ever imagine, not matter what you bring to the table. You can take that love and spread it throughout your household and community.
But it starts with finding peace within yourself and filling your heart with love and acceptance.
When you look into the mirror, I hope you see yourself how God sees you.
For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. – 1 Samuel 16:7 ESV
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ – Matthew 22:37-39
I hope you take a new look into the mirror and see that you are loved and perfect just the way you are in the eyes of your Father.
I’ll leave you with this final verse from The Message:
Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that. – Ephesians 5:1-2
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