Mirrors Do Lie!
Magic, Mirror on the wall whose the prettiest of them all? Remember the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Snow White's wicked stepmother, the queen, had a lust for beauty. She wanted to be assured that she was the prettiest woman around, so she constantly consulted her magic mirror hoping that the answer to her question, who is the prettiest of them all, would always be her. But, there came a day when the mirror had a differing opinion than the one the queen wanted to hear. The mirror chose Snow White as the "prettiest of them all." This sent the queen into a jealous rage, and therby she sought to kill Snow White in order to eliminate her competion.
Despite all the queen's magic and ability to capture the truth, she missed the fact that mirrors do lie! They don't always reflect the truth. They can be very deceptive and destructive. Yes, I'm talking about a mirror. I know it might seem a bit paradoxical to say that a mirror, which reflects you, doesn't always reflect the truth, but follow along.
I recently bought a full length mirror to hang on my closet door, which happens to be in my bathroom. Soon as you walk into the bathroom, straight ahead is the full length mirror, to the left is the sink and a big wall mirror over it. Both mirrors reflect a totally different story. The full length mirror tells me I'm shorter, and wider. In the wall mirror, I look true to size. Two mirrors, two different opinions, one reflection. So what should that tell us? Mirrors do lie! We can't put our full trust in what it reveals. One mirror helped me to feel confident while the other one tried to destroy my self-esteem. In essence, the two mirrors could represent our mindset. How are we seeing ourselves? Or, what are we telling ourselves based on what we see? Are we second guessing God’s artistic work?
When the mirror starts lying, do what I've been doing lately; shut it down by walking away with the assurance that you are beautiful, purposed, and priceless! We will always and forever be more than what a man- made mirror will ever be able to reflect. We are deeper than that. It is all in our mindset; and we can change it in a split second, if we choose. I didn't like what one mirror said, so I made one turn and there I was. One turn away from seeing myself in a different way. So, I challenge you to do the same. Whenever you come face to face with something or a situation that is contrary to what you want to hear, or see, turn from it. Change your mindset. Don't accept anything that doesn't line up with what God has to say about the matter. If He said you are beautiful—you are beautiful. If He said it’s paid—it’s paid. If He said you are healed— you are healed. Scripture puts it this way, Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Instead of asking the mirror for its skewed opinion, ask God. Father! Father! Creator of all whose the most fairest of them all? And because God makes everything fine, He will proudly reply with a smile on His face , “You are,” and that's when you walk away with your head held high knowing that you are all that in Christ!
The takeaway should be this: make sure you love yourself without apology! Embrace the flaws and imperfections. So what if yours lips look a little fuller than you would like, or you think your ears stick out too far. Or, the signs of aging are appearing across your face—don't fight it just look at it differently. You are blessed to evolve through life. Own everything about you! Set your own standard for beauty. Don't allow the mirror, or anyone, else lie to you! You are fearfully and wonderfully made.