Last night I had a great time at our college devotional. Some of our college students meet up after services at someone’s house for dinner and a Bible study. 

The food was good y’all! Both the pot roast and the meat from Gods word. We studied from 1 Chronicles 21. Talk about a scary chapter! The curtain of spiritual warfare is pulled back in that chapter. I need to study it some more. 

Before dinner, the crew was giving me a hard time with my selfies. It was great fun. For those on Facebook, you have seen me post selfies where I’m flexing in the mirror. They were giving me a hard time of how often I look in the mirror. I couldn’t stop laughing. Partly, because it’s true! Nikki sometimes gives me a hard time of doing that at home. Oops! I guess I’ve been doing that for a long time. I found an old photo of me doing that when I was younger.  I can’t stop laughing. 

After working out I do look in the mirror, flex, and take a selfie. There are plenty of other guys at the gym with way more muscle than me. I don’t care. I’m not comparing myself with them. This a race with one person in it…ME! 

It is interesting that gyms have mirrors in them. So many don’t like mirrors because they don’t like what they see. Mirrors give us the feedback we need. They help us to see where we are. Some are afraid to look into mirrors. But we gotta first see where we are. We can’t run from that. If we don’t like what we see, then we have the choice to change! Change can and will come in an instant, but sometimes it can take 10 or 20 years because we fail to take the first step. I don’t like everything I see in the mirror. But you have to become comfortable in your own skin. I don’t like the scar on my chest where my device is. I don’t like seeing a piece of metal in my chest. But I can’t run from it. It’s there! I accept it and move on. I don’t really like my tattoo on my arm. But it’s there and it ain’t going no where. 

Mirror mirror on the wall…

What about you? Do you like looking at yourself in the mirror? 

Sometimes I will look in a mirror before an important event and talk to myself. I will say things like…

“You will be successful…”

“Go and crush it…”

“There is no fear.”

Have you ever done something like that? It’s pretty powerful for the mind. 

Mirror mirror on the wall…

Sometimes I will look in the mirror and envision myself doing something (preaching, lifting). Then when it’s time for that action, I’ve already played it in my head many times, and it’s now easier to execute. I see it already being done. 

When I was working with a speech coach, I would use the mirror for feedback to see what I was doing with my mouth. I noticed that I would speak from the side of my mouth, which made it more difficult to pronounce certain words. I’m still working on that.

Mirror mirror on the wall!

Today, look into a mirror! Take a good long look. Where are you? Where do you want to be? Go get it. 

Hey, did you know there’s some passages in the Bible that discuss mirrors? One in particular is found in the book of James. In James 1:22-25 it says,  

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.

For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.

But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 

Mirror mirror on the wall! 

Look into the mirror today. See where you are physically. More importantly, see where you are spiritually. Look into Gods word today. Look  at it for a long time. Then look at your soul. Does your soul look like what God wants it to look like? Does your life look like what it’s supposed to look like according to God? If not, repent and change immediately. 

Mirror mirror on the wall…