House of Mirrors

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”  2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT

 

Sometimes I get tired of this world.

No, it’s worse than tired.  Disturbing is a more apt descriptive.

Because it’s disturbing to watch as others frame their entire existence on distortions.

As we move through life in search of identity, we naturally look to our surroundings — beginning with our primary caregivers.  Over time family, friends, teachers, media, music — to name a few — are added to the mix.

It’s through these encounters that our perception of ourselves and our place in the world takes shape.

And therein lies the problem.  Our world is fallen and broken, and it’s filled with imperfect inhabitants.

Basing who we are on the world around us is like trying to see what we look like in a carnival house of mirrors.  Unfortunately, many — if not most — fall prey to the warped images staring back at them, giving distorted perceptions free rein to define and dictate their life’s course.

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Even those with your best interests at heart do not good mirrors make. We, as imperfect beings, make imperfect standard bearers. Unfortunately, the world at large doesn’t give a hoot about your best interest.  Rather, it has it’s own personal agenda and little to no concern whatsoever for your personal well-being.

You’re different. You’re ordinary. You’re too thin. You’re too fat. You’re too young. You’re too old. You’re too short. You’re too tall. You’re too smart. You’re too stupid. I love you. I hate you. You’ll overcome. You’ll never overcome. This will end the pain. The pain will never end.  Just one more and you’ll quit.  You’ll never quit.

“But that’s okay” the world is quick to say, “because I’ve got a solution!” Just call the toll-free number you see on the screen in the next 5 minutes, and you’ll get everything you see for $19.99! But wait! There’s more!

What a racket.  The world creates illness and then brazenly peddles it’s “cure.” If that doesn’t constitute a conflict of interest, I don’t know what does.

Here’s what the late night infomercials won’t tell you: they’re peddling band aids at best and snake oil at worst.  It may help for a time, but you’ll soon find yourself right back at square one wondering how in the world you ended up back here again — or if you ever left in the first place.

Have you ever wondered who you truly are?

I have.  I spent most of my life wondering where the world ended and I began.  The world had taken it’s toll.  Had it done irreparable damage? Had I done irreparable damage?

If you’ve ever wondered who you are, I’ll be happy to share what I learned.  You may find that it applies to you, too.  Hang up the phone, put away your credit card, and I’ll tell you. This one’s on the house.

Ready?

I am a one of a kind masterpiece created by God in His own image.

Right about now you’re thinking “wow, I’m glad that I didn’t have to pay for that.”

Admittedly, being created by God in His image was not new information. I’m guessing that it’s not new to you, either.

So what changed?  Certainly God hadn’t changed, so that only left me.

I changed.

Funny thing about God’s Spirit: He will indwell only those areas of our lives which we allow. By limiting His access to us, we limit our access to Him. When I opened up the formerly cordoned off areas of my life, His Spirit moved in. Light overtook darkness.

For the first time, I saw myself reflected fully in the light of His truth — distortion-free.

Oh, If only you could catch even the smallest glimpse of yourself in that mirror!  You would hire a demolition crew to tear down those walls.

Of course that’s not how God operates.

You must first allow Him full access to every area of your life.

You’ve given distortions free rein long enough. It’s time to give your Creator a chance to reflect who you truly are — who He created you to be.

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