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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Mirror Test

May he always look at the plank in his own eye before seeing other's sawdust.
Matthew 7:3

Each morning when I drop My Beloved off at the train station, whether he hears me or not, I whisper, “God’s Peace be with you.” Just as he saunters toward the train and away from the car, I think, “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.
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?

As I age, I am more acutely aware of my image, and grateful that with time, I’ve made peace with who (and Whose) I am as opposed to trying on an image that is not me. I’m #salty, and that’s okay. I am saddened when I see people unhappy with their own lives, in whatever state they are and the resulting desire to put on someone else’s image-it’s not honest and it’s not healthy. We’re not meant to be perfect, and we’re not always meant to be happy. Sometimes growth hurts, and we have to be in uncomfortable spaces in order for that growth to occur. I have given myself Grace and release this year to be uncomfortable, and to talk about it, and I’m offering the same to you, provided you include the Mirror Test.

I have learned that those 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 almost 30 years 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 The Universe needs to get your attention, He does.  


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