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Mirror, Mirror

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” 1 Samuel 16:7 NLT

Most of us have a love/hate relationship with our mirror. We love it because it tells us that those shoes look great with that outfit, or it lets us know we have blueberries stuck in our teeth. But that thin piece of reflective glass can easily become our enemy when we use it to make judgments about who we really are.

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you comparing yourself to an unrealistic image you have in your mind? We know from Genesis 1:27 that God created man in His own image, so when we look in the mirror we are seeing a reflection of the One who created us. We are seeing the exact person God designed us to be.

So often we focus on our outward appearance when we look in the mirror, but the Lord looks at the condition of our hearts before anything else. He knows exactly who we are. He looks past all the things we can’t and sees the beauty within our inner spirit.

From whose mirror do you see yourself? Yours or God’s? When we look in the mirror, we must look past the reflection we see and have complete faith that God has a plan for us—one that far exceeds our obstructed view.

Lord, please help me to see myself as You see me. Help me to make the image in the mirror less about me and more about You. Amen.

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