When you look into a mirror what do you see?
Do you recognize the person staring back at you? Do you see a tired and unhappy person? Or do you see a person full of joy and happy to be alive?
I’m not sure about you, but when I look into a mirror, I usually can point out just about every flaw possible, and yet, when I stop and think about my Creator, I’m reminded that He sees me as His kid and that is all that matters.
The Bible says that He is the potter and we are the clay. So any of the imperfections we see in ourselves, He sees as opportunities to bring out something good, for His kingdom and His glory.
For too long in my life I allowed other’s opinions of me, my life and what I did or did not do affect me entirely too much. Those opinions became an unfortunate constant in my life, and I needed a huge wake-up call.
That wake-up call came one day when I looked into the mirror and I realized that no matter what I saw reflected back at me, Jesus was and is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Those unwanted opinions of my life were not going to be my saving grace — Jesus is.
Those opinions that I allowed to control my actions, even in times when I knew I wasn’t doing the right thing, caused me pain and suffering. Jesus always will be the answer to any of my questions of self-worth, and my place in this world. He always loves me the exact way that I need to be loved.
After I allowed those people and those opinions to control my life, I was stricken with such sadness in my heart. It was then that I realized that while I sat in the pews in church and was listening to Christian music, I was still allowing those thoughts of others to control my life — I no longer had Jesus first in everything I did and said.
When we allow things to creep up and control our thoughts and actions, and if those things are not of Him, then we need to have what I like to call a “heart check.”
I’m so incredibly grateful for God’s mercy and grace. For I do not know where I would be without Him and His unending love for my silly self.
It was laid on my heart to share these things with you. I don’t know if you personally are struggling with affirmation, confirmation or the lack of adoration in your life, or maybe someone close to you is.
Please hear me on this: Jesus is the one who died for you. He is the one, and only one, who can save you and write your name in the Book of Life. His innocent blood was shed for you. And my oh my, how He loves you.
So the next time you look into the mirror, say to yourself, “I am my beloved’s and He is mine.”
If that doesn’t make you smile from the inside out, then I don’t know what will.
Have a great week and remember, the one opinion that counts the most is that of your most Heavenly Father’s.
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.