Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

In the fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, every day the Wicked Queen would ask, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”

The mirror would answer, “Oh, my Queen, it seems to me, there is none fairer in the land than thee!”

I don’t know about you, but my mirror doesn’t say anything to me like that. In fact, most of the mirrors at my house say things like:

“Shave!”

“Comb!”

“Pluck!”

“Straighten!”

“Wash!”

“Brush!”

“Get a haircut!”

“Consider using some sort of gel product!”

“No dessert for you today!”

A mirror will talk to you. It requires that you do something. And if you don’t do anything about what you see, you will, to paraphrase the words of Scripture in James 1, “observe yourself, go away, and immediately forget what kind of person you are.”

We have a great capacity for forgetting who we are. One man said:

“I still imagine myself as a twenty-three-year-old. In my mind, I still have that same curly brown hair; those bright, clear, blue eyes; that smooth skin; and that trim, athletic physique. Then I look in the mirror. And I see that old guy standing there! What used to be a washboard stomach now looks more like a bay window. I’ve gone from abs of steel to abs of marshmallow. My eyes are marked with crow’s feet and framed with thick eyeglasses… That’s why I don’t look in the mirror all that much. I don’t want to deal with the old guy I see there. I’m much more happy with the twenty-three-year-old I carry around in my head.”

Just as we have a tendency to forget what we look like physically, we are even more prone to forget what we look like spiritually.

There’s always the temptation to hear God’s Word without heeding it.

There’s always the temptation to read God’s Word without receiving it.

There’s always the temptation to study God’s Word without submitting to it.

James 1:22 says: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!