We often look at our reflection in the mirror and find ourselves pointing out all of our flaws, wishing we could change our hair, get rid of those wrinkles, or gain or loose a few pounds, but besides the physical things, what else do you see? What kind of person do you see?
Did you know that there are two types of mirrors?
The mirror of culture and the mirror of God's word.
The Bible is a mirror that shows who we really are. It shows the complete truth, while the mirror of culture shows lies. The mirror of culture distorts who we really are and tries to define us. Culture tells us what we should do, the people we should hang out with, how we are suppose to look, what we are suppose to drive, etc. We are defined by what others say we are.
To reflect means to "think deeply or carefully about" but regarding light, the definition of reflect is to "throw back without absorbing it." I thought this was interesting because when we negatively reflect about ourselves, believing we aren't good enough, and trying to live up to the worldly expectations, there's no way to not absorb it. In Matthew 9:4, Jesus asks, "why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?"
Our actions reflect our thoughts, and apart from God's word, we cannot think God's thoughts.
Meanwhile, the Bible tells us that we are children of God. We are not valuable because of what we have or how we look. We are valuable because God created us in His image. Christ lives in us and we are His chosen children.
Our purpose, as believers in Christ, is to be conformed into His image. To unlearn our old ways of doing things and see how God sees. To reflect His characteristics in all that we do. To become more Christ-like at heart. To noticeably be more like Him each day.
We were born to love with Christ's love. We were born to share His wisdom. We were meant to be His arms and legs for our brothers and sisters around us. We were created to walk in his power and to extend his peace, patience, and joy.
Sitting down and reflecting on our current situation or place in life can be beneficial as we try to live like Christ. Self-Reflection teaches you a lot about yourself, your faults, how you respond to situations, and it helps in finding ways to positively deal with situations.
Often times we confuse or frustrate ourselves more when our thoughts continue to circle in our heads. Our problems can easily take over and seem bigger than they are if we let them stay there. We, as humans, tend to focus on the bad things. That awkward/embarrassing moment, mistakes you've made, or perceived weaknesses, but it's important to ask yourself what the Lord actually says about you and to believe those truths.
The Lord is bigger than any thought we think or problem we have. Learning to trust that He will bring you though every doubt you have, mistake you've made, every loss, and anything else that leaves you feeling less than capable, is the most freeing thing that you can do.
Reflection also shows growth and change. It is so cool to be able to sit down after you've overcome a situation and just see what God did. Yes, what you went through may have been the hardest thing in the world, and you most likely never want to do it again, but take a second to look at what came out of those moments! God uses hard things to stretch us in ways we never thought possible to prepare us for what He has in store.
Maybe you are in the middle of a storm right now, but I pray that soon you'll be able to see the good that God has for you. You will want to get up, dance, and praise the Lord for everything you had to endure! He is just that amazing!!
So next time you look into the mirror or sit down to reflect, examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5), and seek to be more Christ-like at heart. Don't focus on your flaws and the negativities floating around you. Despite what the world may think, God thinks you are incredible, and in the end, what God thinks is all that really matters.
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." 2 Corinthians 3:18
"For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters." Romans 8:29
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." Jeremiah 1:5
"The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children." Romans 8:16
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16
"Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?" 2 Corinthians 13:5