The other day I got my morning email from Proverbs 31 Ministries. It was one that struck a chord with me and I wanted to talk about this subject today. The message was on the house of mirrors and how we view ourselves. On yesterday’s blog post, I showed you 2 pictures of myself. One was me and the other was a photoshopped me. As much as I tried I could not make myself say that the real me was the better of the 2 photos. I really liked and wanted to be the altered version.
What do you see in the mirror? Are you your worst critic? I know that when I look in the mirror, I am always picking out my flaws. Why do we do this? Do men do this, too?
It all starts in the morning when I am putting on my makeup. I use one of the 5X magnification mirrors to apply all my makeup, and that really, really, shows everything. Your pores look huge in those things! There is not a wrinkle, or fine line, that won’t show up. After that wonderful experience, I move on to the changing my clothes phase, in front of two huge mirrors in the bathroom. I have tried to put my clothes on with the lights turned off, but I couldn’t find my things. Lol! There is just nothing good that is going to come from standing in front of a mirror in your bra and panties. NOTHING!
But why do we feel this way? I read a story once about this lady. She is quite famous in some circles, but I am not going to mention her name. She talks about how she was never considered a beauty. She said she is short in stature, rotund in girth, has frizzy unruly hair, and just overall not a classical beauty type. (Her inside is pure gold) One day, she was having makeup applied, and the makeup artist commented that this woman had perfect lips. She was thrilled because she now had something of a physical nature that made her proud. She said from that moment on, she always thought about her perfect lips as she applied her lipstick.
We all have something that makes us unique and special. Do we even take the time to acknowledge this? My husband has many fine qualities, but one I have always envied is his perfectly formed feet. He has those toes that go from little to big in perfect form. I have the type where the toe, next to the big toe, is longer. I like his better. Haha! Maybe you have a graceful neck, your eyes are beautiful, or you have long fingers. It can be a multitude of things.
The problem with ALL of this is that we are looking at our outward appearance and not what is on the inside. I loved the scriptures quoted in the Proverbs 31 email so I am going to share those with you.
You are a saint. (Ephesians 1:1)
You are chosen. (Ephesians 1:11)
You are dearly loved. (Colossians 3:12)
You are holy. (Colossians 1:22)
While I may see my outward appearance, the Lord see’s my inward one. I want both of them to be beautiful.
Your homework is to look in the mirror each day for your best asset, inside and well as outside. Acknowledge how wonderful you are in your own unique way. THEN, I want you to tell a friend, or a family member, what you think their best asset is. You will probably make their day.
Have A Blessed Day!!!