When you look in a mirror what do you see? Do you see the gift of life? Or, do you see the features you would most like to change? Maybe some weight loss, different hair, smile or nose?
I’ve discovered the two most effective guides for positive self-esteem. Avoid looking in the mirror and always take the picture, never be in it. This approach allows my hair to remain thick and brown. I don’t have a weight problem and I look like a taller version of Brad Pitt. I know, avoidance and delusion offer a very shallow sense of happiness.
Sin is anything that tries to separate us from God. If, for example, someone calls you stupid and ugly it’s a sin. They’re trying to blind you from seeing God created you good. However, it’s also a sin to believe them for the same reason.
Today, Jesus provides a confusing explanation for why he teaches in parables. The short answer I took from the reading was Jesus wants us to see the presence of God in everything we do, including looking in a mirror. I added that one, but it is true.
If you look in a mirror today, I invite you to see these truths. People see you as more beautiful than you see yourself. Your face is a reflection of the most rare and precious gift in the universe, life itself. It tells the big story of life. Your face reflects generations and generations of intimate relationships. It produces the smile that makes others feel good. Out of your mouth comes the laughter which fills a room with joy. From your eyes flow the tears which only intimacy with life can cause. When you look in the mirror today, see the presence of God and feel good.