A Different Kind of Mirror

Today was one of those days where I didn't feel very fantastic about myself (we all have those days).

Don't you sometimes hate the mirror? The mirror can't see what's inside of you. The mirror doesn't know when you've been kind to a sibling or resisted temptation. The mirror just says, "Hey, you're so imperfect. Why can't you be good enough? Why can't you be thin enough, pretty enough, with sparkling eyes and perfect teeth? Why do you have to wear nerdy glasses and have a zit on your nose?" The mirror is so deceiving and in and of itself. Check out what 1 Peter 3:3-4 says:

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. 4 Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.

What God thinks is beautiful is so different from what we think is beautiful. Take the Christmas story, for example. The Bible says that Mary, Jesus' mom, wrapped the baby (Jesus) in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger. Not exactly pretty, huh? It probably stunk in there - what with all the animals - and there were probably animal droppings on the ground. It probably wasn't comfortable, but...it was beautiful. It was even more beautiful than if Jesus had been born in a palace...because it wasn't about the stable. It was about so much more. It was about the baby Jesus, and just another wonderful example of how He became a servant for us...how He came to earth to die for us. If He had been born in a palace as He deserved (actually, He deserved much more), I think we might view Him as...too high. Although He is so incredible and more amazing than we or anyone else could ever, ever be...what if we thought He was untouchable? That we couldn't talk to Him, couldn't be safe in Him, couldn't find peace and rest in Him, couldn't be saved by Him?

I think it was probably the most beautiful moment in all of history in that stable when Jesus was born.

That's just one great example of how outward beauty is not what is important. It's not going to last, anyway. What's inside - that's what really matters. You can be gorgeous and have perfect skin, perfect hair, "perfect" everything...you can be PRETTY, but you will never be beautiful unless you have a beauty that comes from God Himself. A beauty that shatters the normal everyday mirror and places a different one in its place...one that does not reflect yourself when you look in it, but one that reflects your Creator, Savior, Messiah, and LORD...God.

Melody  – (November 13, 2011 at 4:07 PM)  

Great post! Keep it up! You are a great encouragement to me!

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