What’s in your purse that you believe is an absolute necessity? We carry what we think we are going to need—keys to start the car, wallet to pay for gas, phone to call home, lipstick to brighten our look, eyeglasses so we can see to apply the lipstick, sunglasses, tissue-so many things! We can call the items in our purse “tools”-tools to keep us together and on track.
If we carry a mirror in our purse or briefcase, and most of us do, it is to check our “look”. To see what other people see.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” I would guess that most of us know where that quote comes from–Snow White. The wicked witch in that story sure liked it when the mirror told her that she was the fairest. But when it told her that she wasn’t, she got very angry and very jealous. That’s the thing about mirrors, they always tell us the truth, even if we don’t like what we see. Some part of our morning ritual is coming face to face with the mirror. Most of us probably get a first look at ourselves while we’re still scary looking 😊.
Facing our mirrors first thing in the morning may not be the most pleasant experience. Mirrors are very honest little things.
Identity and Spiritual Health
But what about a spiritual mirror? When we check in on our spiritual health, do we see ourselves as Christ sees us? I have found over the years that most women have a skewed image of themselves and, even if they know the word of God and are following Jesus, they often do not see themselves in the way God sees them.
Let’s make the image of ourselves an asset to our spiritual walk with God, rather than a liability. A tool in our spiritual purse.
How does God see us?
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:14
Let’s build on this verse and see ourselves as God sees us. Knowing our identity in Christ is an important tool in our spiritual health.
Every time we think to ourselves, “I’m not pretty enough. I’m not smart enough. I’m not skinny enough. I’m not funny enough. I’m not successful enough,” we are denying that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We are disapproving of the Creator Himself. Who are we, as mere clay, to argue with the potter?
Start here and ask yourself 2 questions. (Feel free to comment here on the blog, or message me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
1. What kinds of influences determine your self-image? (Are there certain people, situations, times, or places in which your self-image is affected?)
2. Do you feel that you are allowing the “world” to determine your self-image?