Have you ever tried dieting? It is quite the difficult task. Does avoiding the mirror every help? If you have ever struggled with taking off pounds you will know that taking them off is not the hard part, the hard part is keeping them off. Sometimes no matter how hard we try or what new plan we use, the weight inevitably comes back. Of course, we also know that unless we change our lifestyle or eating habits we will most often regain any weight we lost. However, our weight or body shape should be the least of our worries.
There is another part of ourselves that often avoids reflection, our inner person. Many avoid taking time out evaluate our inner life. We are not like the animals that live, die and cease to exist but we are made in the image of God and therefore have an immortal part of our being, a part that lives beyond the grave. Yet few find time to care or consider the most important part of their being. Well we really can’t see it so it is easy to avoid and the only way to really ascertain its health is through reflection- this too we can easily avoid.
I was sitting in a room with a friend and there were several mirrors on the wall and I could not help but notice that as I spent time in that room I was constantly able to see my image at all different angles. The longer I stayed the more I noticed about myself. If I was a perfect specimen of a man it wouldn’t have bothered me but as it is I am not. I saw how I am in the need of some sun on my skin, how my goatee is much whiter than I initially noticed, how my hairline is reseeding and my shirt doesn’t seem to hide the spare tire as well as it used to. Ok, let me honest I am at the point I can’t even call it a spare tire it’s like I’m pear shaped. Worst of all, it would seem that I’m starting to get man boobs! Men, you know what I am talking about, it’s when the one time chiseled chest we had in our youth begins to sag from weight gain and almost looks as if the accumulation of fat needs to be supported by something.
When we see ourselves in the mirror we evaluate ourselves to whatever personal standard we choose. When we look at God’s Word we should also be prompted to reflection. James 2:23-24 tells us “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.” We all will one day take our last breath regardless of the condition of our body, what we should be concerned about is the condition of our Soul. Have you taken time out lately for soul reflection?