If you’re like me, the older you get the less you want to look in the mirror. Some young people spend hours checking their face, their hair, their muscles, and even taking selfies in front of it. Me, no way. Sure, the close-up mirror is good for a few things, but there’s no need to spend countless hours looking at myself only to be reminded of how age is creeping up on me more and more every day.
Mirrors have been around for thousands of years, although not like our modern mirror which has been around for only a couple hundred years. That fact that they have been around so long only tells me that people were the same then as they are now. They were conscientious of their appearance. Or, they just loved looking at themselves which is more of what we find in our culture today.
Being conscientious isn’t a bad thing. In fact, I’m probably one of the most conscientious people I know. There’s just something inside of me that is constantly concerned about what others around me might be thinking about practically everything. Call me insecure or naïve, but that trait has been helpful in sales and it goes a long way in keeping the Mrs. happy too. Just saying.
What if we could take the same conscientiousness that we feel about ourselves when we look in the mirror and turn it inward? Meaning, what if we concerned ourselves more about how we looked on the inside than how we looked on the outside?
Over the course of my life I’ve made a habit of not only looking at my face in the mirror but looking at my eyes and my soul too. Because the eye is the window of the soul, one can often tell how they’re really feeling on the inside by looking at them instead of their smile. It may be difficult to do but peering into one’s own soul can be telling and humbling.
Sometimes I see vanity, pride, anger, emotional fatigue, and selfishness. Other times, especially after praying in the morning, I can see God’s light, an aura of peace, and a soul at rest. Looking into the mirror before prayer certainly can be a motivator for me to turn around and get on my knees to pray for sure.
If we don’t like what we see when we’re looking into the mirror of our soul, the good news is that we don’t have to stay that way. There is One we can turn to who will wash the stains, cleanse away the anger, show us His beauty instead of our vanity, and reveal His humility instead of our pride. He will fill us with His peace and His light so the next time we gaze into that mirror, we will see more of Him and much less of us…