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Mirror, Mirror

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Once upon a time, a long, long, time ago there was a King and Queen who ruled over a distant land. Each day the queen would ask a magic mirror, “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who’s the fairest of them all?” One morning, her magic mirror replied, “You, my queen, are fair; it’s true, but Snow White is even fairer than you.” Rage filled the Queen’s heart and she conspired to kill Snow White on account of her beauty.

Image and beauty governed this Queen’s life and it led to her demise. This fairy tale explains the realistic struggles of a heart that is encumbered with insecurities and envy.

A Reflective Image

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created He him: male and female created he them.” Genesis 1:27

It’s peculiar to think that we have never seen ourselves face to face, a mirror simply gives us a reflective image of our external physicalities. However, in the quest for holiness, it is imperative to ask ourselves, “Whose image am I reflecting?”

It’s difficult to not mirror your accomplishments, success, athleticism, marriage, and parenting skills with someone else. Social media platforms such as Instagram can be a thief of joy because you see the highlights of people’s lives instead of their day-to-day struggles. It can seem like we are not a good wife because someone else cooks a culinary masterpiece for their husband every night and the fanciest meal we may prepare is spaghetti. Can I get an amen?

Don’t get distracted by the mirror of the world, because you display the image of God. Mirror your life with Him and all the pressures you feel will fade overtime. Resting in God’s expectations for your life is so much easier than trying to live up to the expectations you place on yourself by comparing your victories and defeats with other people. So, today, mirror your life with the Word of God and rest in the design He has for your ministry, your family, and your future.

Prayer: Lord, show me what it means to be Your image. There are days that are difficult for me to feel joy, but help me to find peace and purpose in Your presence. I desire to reflect Your glory.

Angela Overton

Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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