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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Mirror Test

May he always look at the plank in his own eye before seeing other's sawdust.
Matthew 7

Chauffeured my husband to the train station this morning…generally I don’t, but with one home sick and it being Valentine’s Day, he asked--I happily obliged.  We sneaked in an early date, exchanging cards and sharing croissants and coffee from the bakery.  Just as he sauntered toward the train and away from the car, I kissed him and said, “may my love and prayers cover you all day today.” My husband passes the Mirror Test. 

Today’s prayer for him is that that he would remain self-aware, noticing and working prayerfully, on his faults.  My husband is a master of self-awareness, something I both admire and to which I aspire.  My husband passes the Mirror Test. 

yes, it is Valentine’s Day.  
This is the inspiration for tonight’s dinner.  
No, I did not make this one…
The Mirror Test, according to Wikipedia, “is a measure of self-awareness, as animals either possess or lack the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror.” Every day, each of us has the opportunity to both be the mirror, and see ourselves reflected in others.  When you take a moment…how do you look?

I have learned that people whom I find most challenging are generally those dealing with things I need to change in me.  That’s why I find them so frustrating.  If I don’t like my habit or behavior, I certainly don’t like it reflected, when, whether or not I am sufficiently self-aware at that moment, I am aware that “it’s not a good look.”  If I don’t like what I see in the mirror…now what?

Lessons come from the most unlikely places.  Today’s lesson comes courtesy of Michael Jackson from the album Bad, released nearly a quarter century ago.

I'm starting with the man in the mirror,
I'm asking him to change his ways,
And no message could have been any clearer,
If you wanna make the world a better place,
Take a look at yourself and then make a change

There you have it, my sermon on Matthew 7:3 via the pop charts.  Surprised? Don’t be, because when He needs to get your attention, He does.  And that kind of love, that personalized, laser-focused, yeah I’m whispering just to you in this big ol’ crowd, has got to be sufficient evidence, on this day, that God is good.



    1. That's not be commenting, it's my junior Valentine, my 11 year-old son. Love you, man...thanks!

  2. Such a good reminder for me. It completely makes sense that what I dislike in others is what I generally like about myself. Thanks for sharing the word!


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