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August 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

What are some things are you doing to compensate for the imperfections God has revealed to you?


Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it – not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it – they will be blessed in what they do. James 1:22-25

 

One time when I was a little kid, I was at my grandmother’s house playing in her bedroom, and I saw one of those round mirrors with a light circling the outside edge. I was so confused because I was used to seeing the big flat mirror like on the wall in our bathroom at home. This was one of those mirrors where, whenever you looked at it, your face got huge. I was even more confused when I couldn’t see my entire face in the mirror. I asked my grandmother, “What is this mirror used for? You can’t even see your whole face in it!” She explained that people used those mirrors to see really close up on their face so they can apply makeup to perfection, making sure no spots are missed. I was like, “Oh, ok…” and continued to play.

 

As I have grown older, I come to realize that most people don’t like being made aware of the imperfections they have.  I sure don’t wake up each morning thinking, “I can’t wait to look in the mirror and make a list of all the things I need to work on about myself!” The truth is that we all have things we need to work on. We all have habits that need to be improved or habits that need to completely disappear. Just like make-up mirrors that were created to see all the imperfections we have on our face, God’s word can be our mirror that we use to see all of the imperfections that we have in our lives so that Jesus can help us change them.

 

We run into to trouble when we try to compensate for the imperfections that God has shown us about ourselves. We try to us the makeups of life to camouflage them, but it doesn’t get to the root of the problem. It was a way to cover up what was imperfect, but the makeup didn’t fix the real problem. Just like we tend to not like what we see in the mirror, we also reflect to others what we want them to see, not what’s actually there.

 

The best way to work towards changing what we see in the “mirror” is being authentic with ourselves and with others. Realizing that we have something to work on is the first step towards freedom. We can’t look in the mirror noticing something needs to be changed and then forget about it when we walk away. We start to experience freedom when we look intently at the things we need to change and then ask Jesus to help us do something about it.  What do you notice in the mirror that needs to change? Has God shown you some ways that you are not being authentic with yourself or others? What are some things are you doing to compensate for the imperfections God has revealed to you?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, please help me to be authentic with myself and with others. Lord show me my imperfections and help me make the necessary steps to change them. Jesus help me to embrace the struggles I have and work towards becoming more like You. In Jesus’s name, Amen.


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