I am not the fairest of them all. I don't need a mirror to tell me that or to tell me who is.
I am not the smartest, most fashionable or wittiest. I am not sure I am the most anything.
Yesterday at MOPS (Mothers Of PreSchoolers if you don't know and have wondered every time you've seen me mention it before) I said how I tell my kids I wished they could see themselves the way we see them and a friend ~E~ suggested we would all benefit from seeing ourselves through other's eyes.
She has a point. I don't know how other people view me and I bet there are a lot of opinions about me that I don't want or need to know. It is none of my business, I've said before, what people think of me. However, there are times when seeing ourselves through another's eyes could be beneficial.
What if we could see ourselves through another person's eyes; not their opinions or judgments, but ourselves, our good and bad, the things we do well, and the things that are not so great, the gifts we don't recognize and the flaws we are unaware of?
What if I could say, "Mirror , mirror on the wall...?" Would I listen with an open heart and mind and grow in humility and confidence or would I bring poisoned apples to those who were better or break the mirror? Would I give equal credence to the positives and the negatives? I tend to shrink the positives until they are microscopic and I inflate the negatives to the size of a hot air balloon.
What if the mirror I looked in was one of God's grace? What if instead of seeing myself through a mirror of human reality, I was able to look at myself as forgiven, saved, precious and valuable because I was created by God for a purpose? Better yet, what if when I was looking at others, I looked at them through that lens of God's grace instead of my opinions, judgments, irritations and yes, crankiness?
Mirror, mirror on the wall, help me to see a world of beauty God created, not the imperfections that sin emphasizes. Lord, help me to see the truth and not be deceived by fun house mirror reflections.