I LOVE Mondays. First of all, I get to write on subjects like, ‘Why the Mirror Lies’ as I just passed my mirror in our bedroom before going to do morning devotions and link up with Katie to share some marvelous thoughts.
What are some of the other reasons I I love Mondays? I love them because:
1. My dad’s a pastor, so Sunday is a wonderful and exhausting day for us. The day always starts with a few of us going to a nursing home service in our local town, then our first service, and on the first 3 Sundays, we always have a second service mostly focused on singing together and praying. Then, we usually have someone over for dinner. That = a WONDERFUL day of fellowship + a VERY TIRING day.
2. Because Sunday is tiring, Monday is VERY quiet at our house. It’s a perfect day for letting your body physically rest and recover.
3. Monday is kind of a breather in our house before the work week kicks off, so in general it’s a day to just cook a bit, spend time with family, read, and write BLOG posts! 🙂
Today I’m sharing one of the closest subjects to my heart that is one of the biggest struggles for someone who struggles with body image.
That is THE MIRROR.
The mirror is one of the most subjective objects in our house. It often doesn’t tell you the REAL truth.
The mirror lies, often, to me.
On the days I struggled most I would often go to the mirror to tell me whether I looked good or not. I looked to the mirror to define the truth of who I was, of what I looked like, of whether I looked good or not.
For me the mirror defined my:
And the list could go on, but I’m not going to go on, because my point I’m going to make next is that the mirror lies.
The mirror is so subjective. It does not remind me that I am:
1. A child of God (Galatians 3:26, “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”)
2. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made (Psalm 139:I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.)
3. More than a conqueror through Him that loved me. (Romans 8:37: Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.)
It also doesn’t take into account the ups and downs that my body goes through because my body isn’t a machine, but an body designed by God . It doesn’t remind me that ‘Charm is deceitful, beauty is vain, but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.’ (Proverbs 31)
In so many words the mirror is not evil, but if I struggle with body image, it lies to me. It doesn’t preach God’s truth to me, so my goal over the next year is to:
1. Listen to the Mirror LESS.
2. Listen to the Word of God and the truth of Who I am in Christ MORE.
Thoughts? Do you have a love/hate relationship with the mirror like I do?