Everyone is talking about their word. Words are powerful. I remember when I was young I would look in the mirror and see “ugly”, “disgust”, “unliked”, “unloved” – you might have a word like that too. Both men and women have words for themselves. And the thing is those words, those feelings as they are, wax and wane, and even change depending on what we are going through. Those very things I thought of myself at a young age carried into adulthood. My mirror was scarred.
Is your mirror scarred?
It’s lying to you.
Mirror, mirror on my wall. Who loves me after all?
After all is said and done.
After all the day is lived.
After all the problems life hands us.
After all the lies we believe.
LIES. They burrow themselves deep in with clutches like claws leaving deep long scars. Scars that match the mirror. Mirror image scars.
God loves us after ALL. It is His reflection we should see. However, when we look into that mirror, we see parts and pieces. The parts we don’t like. The pieces we’d like to change. Smaller nose? Lifted eyes? Straighter teeth? Prettier smile? Happier life. Better job. This list could never end. Do you see those things ever? I did. Until I truly grasped HOW God sees me.
God sees us as “forgiven” and “redeemed” and “lovely” and “planned” and … LOVED. Much better words.
Although not often, I occasionally still cave in and see that smile that needs work. That chin. That part. That piece. But therein lies the problem. I cave. Into a dark abysmal place where God does not dwell. Why, oh why, do I go where He is not? Why do I walk alone?
With all my parts and pieces scooped up, I should be running the other direction. Running right into His loving open arms. Wouldn’t that be what we wanted our children to do as we watch them struggle with these insecurities?
Next time you look into a mirror make sure it is a lovely unscarred one… one that answers ~
“You are beautiful. Just as He made you. Love yourself as a child of God.”
I love you. That’s the thing I’ve heard Him say. I love you just the way you are.
He loves you. Just the way you are.