What Do You See In the Mirror?

What Do You See In the Mirror?

When you look in the mirror what do you see?

Mirror

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 What’s typically the first thought that comes to mind when you glance at your reflection? Would you say it’s a positive thought, a neutral response, or maybe a little negative grumble?

As you glance at your face, do you notice your greatest features – your bright eyes, your friendly smile, your healthy soft hair? Or, do you immediately notice what you think are your flaws? Be honest…

Last week I came across a promotional video by Dove which is titled, Real Beauty Sketches.  My friend, Sandy posted the video on her Facebook page and the caption caught my attention. As I watched the video, my heart started to ache and an unsettled feeling came over me.  I’d love for you to take a minute and watch it too. I think you’ll be surprised and might even feel your heart tug a little.

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Pretty powerful, huh?

These are beautiful women and yet they have painted a self portrait in their minds that distorts the way they literally see themselves.

A self-portrait that appears  flawed.

A self-portrait that seems harsh.

A self-portrait that “needs improving”. 

Can you relate to these women in the video? How would you describe yourself to a sketch artist or anyone else, for that matter? Would your words be positive, kind, and uplifting?

So let’s be gut-honest…

It’s difficult, right? Because the world is constantly in our faces – flaunting airbrushed cover girls, gorgeous blockbuster celebrities, and perfect-body magazine models. And, it’s everywhere we look.

We can so easily get caught up in the comparison trap and before we know it, not-so-nice thoughts are filling our minds – just like harsh brush strokes – painting a distorted portrait of how we see ourselves. I’ve fallen into this trap so many times. Gosh, if I had a dime for every time I thought or said something negative about my physical features, I’d be a millionaire.

What about you? What does the portrait you’re painting of yourself look like today?

Those negative thoughts we  sometimes believe about ourselves can’t hold up to what God declares is true about us.

You see, scripture says that you are created in the very likeness and image of God (Genesis 1:27).  Did you know you are God’s masterpiece? His greatest work of beautiful art? His crowning achievement? (Ephesians 2:10)

Even if you sometimes look in the mirror and invisibly stamp “imperfect” on your forehead – just like I do – God looks at you every single moment and says, Precious child, you are so incredibly beautiful.  

So who will we listen to – the world or God? What will we choose to believe? As the world shows off a distorted dichotomy, God whispers the absolute truth in our hearts. It’s amazing how easily we can believe God’s truth for someone else but when it comes to us, we have a tendency to waiver, to question, to hesitate.

Do you see yourself as a beautiful woman created in God’s image? Oh, I pray that you do. Friend, don’t settle for less-than when God has created you for so much more. He is enthralled by your beauty (Psalm 45:11) and you take His breath away ever time He glances at you.

You are loved

You are valuable

You are beautiful

Now it’s your turn:

Today’s Question: What would you consider as your greatest feature? How can you begin changing your perspective and start believing what God says about you is true?

Be sure to leave a comment and let me know how I can be praying for you this week. And if you haven’t already, I’d love for you to fill in the subscribe box above so that we can stay in touch. 

Leah

Comments

  1. Here is a good sermon on what people see in the mirror vs. what God sees from The Crossing in Costa Mesa, CA.

  2. Leah, this post brings tears. I actually started reading it awhile back, but knew where it was going…thankful God brought me back. The mirror has been a struggle for me all my life, but a couple of years back God showed me it’s something I need to work on. My oldest daughter was 5, I think, and sincerely said to me as she tried on her new dress, “I’m not pretty.” I went on to assure her she was and her response, even as young as she was, was this – “You’re just saying that.” The very words that went through my mind everytime my husband complimented me. As I shared God’s Truth with her, I heard Him whisper, “Jill, make sure you’re listening too.” Not there yet, but thanks for sharing Leah and encouraging me tonight! Blessings to you, my beautiful friend!!

    • Jill, thank you for sharing this story. Isn’t it amazing how God will use our children to teach us biblical insights and principles? Amazing! Jill, you are beautiful, sweet friend, both outside and inside (where it really counts). It is your gentle spirit and tender heart that is precious to God the most! Walk in the confidence of knowing you are ALL God dreamed you would be. He’s crazy about you! Hugs, Leah

  3. What a wonderful reminder….thank you for this!

    Mary

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