Got up this morning and looked in the mirror… didn’t look so hot (tousled hair, scraggly beard, bleary eyes, etc.). Get the picture? Made sure the light was on, then leaned in a little closer to the mirror and spent some time improving what I saw. You think I’m careful about what I see in the mirror? I don’t hold a candle to that beautiful woman I live with, my wife! On some mornings I think the mirror is her best friend – other morning, to hear her talk, it is her worst enemy. I don’t know what she’d do without one though! The beauty that I, and other people, see every day is related to what goes on in front of that mirror. She’s meticulous about it! She wouldn’t let anything that needed correction go unheeded or dealt with. I love her for it… a good look’n woman even without the mirror… with the mirror AWESOME!
Spiritually I need to spend more time in front of “the mirror” (and do something about it)!
Apostle James reminds us we all have a personal spiritual mirror… God’s word!
“Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a person who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. He looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing!” (from James 1:21–25 ESV)
You know what, I think I need to spend a little more time in front of my “spiritual mirror” … and then do something about what I see there! I think my wife’s approach to the mirror (her meticulous response to what she sees there) is a better approach then mine. If I see and just walk away, forgetting what I saw there and failing to act on it… Dumb! Foolish! Shortsighted! Are words that come to mind. You see, I want God’s word to transform my life, not just inform mind or stir my heart!