Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

This morning as I was getting ready to start my day I couldn’t help but to laugh at my own image that reflected in the mirror.
My hair looked like it had been in a furious wind storm while each strand stood in several directions. My facial appearance looked as though I had been in a boxing match and lost. I thought to myself, “Girl, you look a hot mess.”
My dear friend, I looked so bad, for a split second, I thought my mirror was distorted. However, that was certainly not the case. The mirror that I was looking through truly revealed the reflection of what I really looked like and my reflection reminded me that I was up for improvement before going out to meet the world. In fact, there was nothing presentable about my appearance. There was work to be done.
Our spiritual walk is somewhat the same. The mirror of God’s word shows us who we really are and what we can become. And when we look into the mirror, we can either walk away and forget about what we saw or we can make the necessary changes in order to become presentable to God and others.
The Apostle James tells us to, “Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror and then on going away immediately forget what they are like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act -- they will be blessed in their doing.”  (James 1:22-25)
When the world sees you, are you looking a hot mess?
Do they see the reflection of Christ by the love and compassion that you show to others?
Too often His reflection in us is distorted by our wrong attitudes, unforgiveness and even our harmful speech.
Remember His mirror does not reflect false images. It reflects truth and it keeps us in check and shows us what we need to fix or change.
It may be worth asking, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, am I a reflection of Christ at all?”
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at crowcjo@gmail.com.