Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mirror, Mirror

"Who's the fairest one of all?"
How vain, how selfish, how...!  Yet, sometimes, unknowingly, we find ourselves looking into the very same mirror asking similar questions.


The media shows us images of beautiful things, things we'd love to have; we have to have.  Magazines show the latest styles, fashions and trends.  Social networks discuss all the wonderful things people are doing, buying, thinking.  Family and friends share pictures, life events, travels,...  Co-workers receive promotions, accolades, honorable mentions.  All around us there are seemingly amazing things happening to so many around us.  We look inside our mirrors to see what we look like in light of all of that.

When we look into the mirror of this world we never seem to be able to measure up.  There will always be something more we "need"!   Morevover, it may cause us to fall into the comparison trap.  This trap is meant to cause us discontentment, discouragement, and disillusionment.  This trap provokes desire in us to go and get everything that everyone else has because it promises to make us happy, fulfilled and content,
the way they seem to be.  
"If only... "

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The Word of God is truth and it teaches us to look inside a different mirror.  As we look to the Word of God, we see two faces, our own and God's.  His face shows us His love, His acceptance, His forgivesness, His presence, power and justice.  And, as we see His life and will portrayed before us, our desire is to run after Him and receive everything He has for us.  This gift is what truly brings contentment and joy.  The other face we should see is our own, not in comparison to someone else, but as God says we are.  He calls us His own, forgiven, beautiful, royal, purposeful, significant, and free.  As we continue to look in His mirror and see what He wants us to see, we will not have to ask him, "Who is the fairest of all?"  We will in turn worship the fairest of all, Jesus Christ, and bring glory and honor to him as we live our life.  Our lives were not meant to be lived in light of someone else's or even in light of this world.  Our lives are meant to be lived to bring about His purpose, glory and kingdom.  

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Father, keep us from stumbling into the comparison trap.  
Keep us focused on Your will and purpose for our lives so that we will live in peace, contentment and joy.  As we keep our eyes fixed on you, we will understand what we thought we could never understand, we will do what we thought we could never do, we will love in a way we thought we never could, and we will live a significant and joyous life for Your glory and for Your will.  

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"If some fail to do what God requires, it's as if they forget the word as soon as they hear it.  One minute they look in the mirror, and the next they forget who they are and what they look like.  However, it is possible to open your eyes and take in the beautiful, perfect truth, found in God's law of liberty, and live by it.  If you persue that path and actually do what God has commanded, then you will avoid the many distractions
that lead to an amnesia of all true things."
James 1: 24~25

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