When I look into the mirror of God’s Word I don’t always like what I see. Too often I look, walk away and forget what I have seen. However, even though I can’t see what I look like when I walk away – everyone else can! Have you ever looked into the mirror and saw that your hair and face need major attention but just shrug your shoulders and say “too much to deal with, maybe no one will notice”. What do you think? Will they notice?
I remember the first time Pauline and Pam (two of my older, wiser sisters) showed me how to roll my own hair. I stood in front of the mirror for what seemed like hours and was sure my arms were going to fall off. I could see that there were hairs hanging out where they didn’t belong but my arms would surely fall off if I didn’t say, “good enough”. So I proudly walked out to show my sisters to share my results. Their immediate response was, “You can do better than that, go back and try again.” I was devastated but knew they were right so I went back and sure enough I could do better. My arms did not fall off and I felt better with my second attempt at rolling my hair.
(This is not me but some of you may never have seen what rollers look like.)
James admonishes us in James 1:22-25, “22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,(AN) and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
Sometimes when we look into God’s Word like I looked at my first attempt at putting rollers in my hair – we are tempted to say “good enough, it’s too hard, surely I will die, I can’t live like that!” When you find yourself overwhelmed by what you see in God’s Word, find a friend like my sisters who will encourage you to try again and not quit. Go back to the mirror (God’s Word), undo what is wrong, adjust what needs to be adjusted, swallow your pride and selfishness and just do it! James 1:21b says, “and humbly accept the word planted in you which can save you.” Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” You are not in this alone!
If you haven’t yet, stopped today and taken (MADE) time to spend in the mirror of God’s Word why not do it NOW. Pay attention (LISTEN) to what it is saying to you and don’t just walk away and make excuses. Make the extra effort to line your life up with God’s Word. I don’t always like what I see in the mirror of God’s Word but when I ignore God’s mirror other people can easily see what I have ignored.
Gotta go, time to put into practice what I hear. (James 1:22) I’m going to follow my 3-year old nieces example. “Mommy, I am going to go to my room until I can choose joy!” Bekah Moeckl, 3 years old. Life sometimes throws you a few curve balls. If something has stolen your joy, slip away, find a place in God’s presence and let Him renew your joy. Please comment below what God’s Word is speaking to you.
P.S. Thank you to all who are also following my granddaughter Emma on http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/emmajuline. This week is gestational age 32 weeks, birth age 6 ½ weeks – big week of development. Pray she stays on track and that her brain and eyes develop perfectly. Thank you!
Mommy, Krista with precious Emma Juline.