Thursday, March 06, 2008

Reflecting Truth

She looks in the mirror and sighs. With every exhaled breath her shoulders sag a little more. Her faults are glaring.

The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.
Matthew 6:22-23

Is she seeing it wrong? Are her eyes bad? Are they preventing her from being who God has created her to be? If all she sees when she looks in the mirror is darkness, is that what comes out? Does wallowing in her weakness snuff out the only light that can make her truly beautiful?

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.
1 John 1:5-6

No more walking in the dark. No more.

How can she turn the light on?

She must look for truth. What is TRUE?

The broad hips she hates served her well when bringing new life into the world. The creases in her face and eyes give her character. Each scar and gray hair was earned and represent experience which brings wisdom. Her thick thighs and big feet make her sturdy. Some might think her skinny neck stately and elegant.

But those things don't touch the surface of who she is. There is more to her than what she sees in the mirror, much more. There is compassion behind her eyes. A sincere love for others beats in her chest. She possesses desire and passion for her God. Her mind discerns the truth. This must be her focus.

The woman in the mirror is not the shell appearing in the glass. The woman is God's dearly loved creation, crafted exactly as He planned. If she focuses on the good, on truth, on her value in His eyes, will her body be full of light? Will she then reflect REAL beauty? Is that what it takes to impact her world?

Thank You, Lord, for Truth.

And one more thing: If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, what are you beholding and how is it holding you back?

Press on in truth, my friends.

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MrsJoeB said...

Seeing the truth can be painful at times. There was a time in my life in which it became habit not to look in the mirror when I walked by it. It has been through God's grace that I can now walk by a mirror-look-and see truth, see forgiveness, see redemption, see a daughter of God, a vessel He can use. Got to look with spiritual glasses on or satan mucks up the view! Beautiful blog! Thanks!

Mzzterry said...

Enjoyed your post. May we reflect His beauty today.It is the real beauty that the world needs to see!

Denise said...

You are awesomely beautiful dear one, bless you always.

Susan said...

Oh, this was just incredible...

What a gift you have Tammi.

I'm just so blessed we were introduced.

Yes, I want to reflect HIS glory in everything I do and say~

Rachelle said...

Well said my friend, well said.

Cheryl said...

Amen! Great post! I needed to hear that today. Thanks - God Bless~

Angie said...

What truth...I want my reflection to show Him...not me. I guess I need to stop complaining as much...hold my shoulders up...and smile. That's what He'd do. Right? Well, He wouldn't complain about His looks in the first place..but you know what I mean.
This was a great devotion/TT post!