I’m looking at the man in the mirror, I’m asking him to change his ways…
– Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson
When I get up in the morning it’s usually either 1:30 or 2 am. I quickly throw my clothes on yeah, splash some water in my face and head downstairs. It’s a quick process. Get dressed, get something to eat, get in the truck and go. I usually don’t even look in the mirror. So I thought it interesting today when I was cleaning a piece of chrome on my truck to catch a glimpse of my reflection. I took a couple seconds to really look at the face staring back at me and I had some thoughts.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? More importantly, who do you see? Do you see yourself as you are or as you could be? Do you see the effects of time etched across your face? Or do you see someone else? The choices we make in our lives determine who we become.
The reflection that we see in the mirror is a reminder of who we are. Seeing your face in the mirror forces you to recognize yourself and if you look deep enough, it forces you to look within yourself. Sometime that’s not always an easy thing to do. Remember Christ asked how can we remove the Speck of dust from our friends eye, but we haven’t even removed the log from our own?
When I look in the mirror, I see a man, and while I wouldn’t consider my self old by any means, I’m definitely not a young man anymore either. Sometimes when I’ve been especially lazy or guilty of something, I won’t actually look in the mirror. Sometimes when I’m feeling guilty about something, it’s easier to just glance at my reflection as I’m getting ready in the morning, and not use the time to do a proper self-reflection and really analyze the person you see staring back at me.
But its important to look in the mirror even when you don’t want to. It’s like performing a self check-in. After all, If you don’t see the problems you should be dealing with, you can’t fix them.
I’m not a perfect person. There are things that I’ve done that I’m not proud of, and decisions that I’ve had to make that were really hard. However being aware of my faults and my problems make it easier to face myself in the mirror. And I believe once you are aware of what you need to work on and once you recognize in yourself the things you’re not proud of, then it’s easier to start making changes.
Elections, something interesting happened to me when I was coming home from the convention. I was walking through the Chicago airport trying to get to my gate. I was looking for other convention members, hoping you find somebody so I can have another little bit of that convention atmosphere. I was walking along, actively seeking Christians – when for a brief second I literally saw the physical image of Jesus Christ superimposed over every single person who was around me in the terminal. It only lasted for about 2 seconds but it stops me dead in my tracks. It was a reminder that Christ is literally in everyone.
Until next time,
The forest reflection on a Mountain Lake up in the Kootenai National park in British Columbia Canada