Take A Long Look In The Mirror

 


God has recently been graciously handing me the mirror as of late. He has required a good long look in the mirror.  I have had some areas I didn’t want to look at!  How many of you know that what you “see” in others usually is an area you might need a little work on yourself?  If not, its a thing!  In the process of trying to heal from a “hurt” I myself began to hurt others. But God was faithful to continue to hand me the mirror! 

 

 

 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
James 4:17

 


but prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves, For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this many will be blessed in what he does. 
James 1:22-25




This morning God brought to mind the James 4 passage I shared earlier. To him who knows to do good and doesn’t do it, to him it’s sin!!  The mirror James speaks about has been large and in charge in my life.  God has been all up in my grill! I’m taking part in my first book club ever and this has been like a huge makeup mirror for my heart!  You know the side that’s magnified? I think of the 1980s ones that had those huge 100 watt bulbs all around them. That is what the last week has been for me, especially today.  As I sit at a campground with my husband, God is not allowing me to walk away from the mirror!  He has shown me my sin, not the sin of my brother but my sin!  To see it is to “own it” as a Christian. My spirit has been heavy but so thankful that God uses His word, great authors and the Holy Spirit to not let up on His relentless charge to conform me into the image of His Son.



Acknowledging I heard it isn’t enough. It requires humility and some boots on the ground to repent from what I saw in the mirror today!  The lightbulb on that magnifying mirror was on high beam and I saw myself. She wasn’t pretty! I’ll never mature if I continue to run from the change He requires of me. This requires humility like I’ve not walked in in a while!   To simply confess it isn’t enough but to turn from it is. Recognition of what the word of God shows us should lead to repentance.  Often times, we walk away….

 


Is repentance hard? Yes.

Do I want to be transformed? Yes

 

Is owning it hard? Yes 

 

Does it require humility? Yes. 


 


I’m realized I have very little of that. I will begin today to submit myself under His hand. I’m so thankful I get to “begin again” today. I know one thing, He honors those that are obedient and that’s what I’ll be.  Today I passed the test. Many of them I don’t.  So thankful He gives retests! 



 

What do you see as you look in the mirror?

 

I can be super transparent and say I don’t look often enough or long enough. I’m sure you are the same. 

 




I think I find myself wanting to hold everyone else’s mirrors up so they can see themselves instead of sitting with my own magnifying mirror. This is a diary of sorts today! We need to be able to be “see through” with each other. This is my little “see through” moment. This is a tough one but we will never change if all we do is see it. I will choose to submit and humble myself to honor Him and represent Him well. 

 


What does the mirror hold for you today?


Marni

 

 

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