Many things have caught my eyes and ears this last few weeks. It started when I had a conversation with my dermatologist a few weeks ago. He is a good doctor and works primarily with lower income families, choosing not the route of botox and cosmetic surgery. How one looks in today’s world has overwhelmed many from the millennial to the baby boomer.
When you look in the mirror, what stands out? Losing hair, lips too thin, backside to wide, muffin-top, whatever it is staring back at you molds your perception of not just you, but the world around you.
Are you clamoring for the face lift? lipo-suction? Bigger more supple lips? Boob-job? Has this generation of human beings become so self-involved that looks are the top priority? Are those that are so concerned about their looks, the same ones that want to hide themselves from the world by hiding in a bottle or a needle or a bunch of pills?
Maybe there are no flaws in your eyes. This is the generation of “selfies”. So self-absorbed that you have to shared with the world. Surely everyone wants to see the selfie in the mirror because you just look so good to yourself.
I don’t take selfies. I don’t drink or do drugs. I am not a perfect specimen of a human being, nor do I profess to be. I am flawed as an individual physically. I am flawed in my thoughts. I am flawed in how I treat people sometimes. But when I look in the mirror, I see perfection.
Mathew 5:48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
1 John 3:2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
I choose to see Him as my light and life, instead of focusing my thoughts on how I look. If I am created in His image, who am I to doubt His work. I am as he wants to be, so that I may do His work on earth, giving Him glory for the perfection He has created.
When I am down, troubled, or wounded I will hide myself within Him, through His word. There is no better sanctuary, nor is there any other way to be lifted from the distress that I feel.
I would have to say that those that look in the mirror and are not happy with the way they look:
Don’t change the way you look, Change the way you see!