I have found myself often early in the morning looking at a reflection. The person on the other side of the looking-glass could scare fleas off a dog. Perhaps if his hair had been more kept or even if his eyes were so bloodshot. He would be looking as if he didn’t know how he got into bed last night. I know, it doesn’t sound hyper-spiritual. Stick with me though. You never know where this could go.
Every morning I get up, I go to get ready for my day. I look in the mirror and make sure that I don’t have gobs of sleep stuck to my eyes. I also make sure that the hair I have in my head is mine and not strands from my cat, wife, or kids. I look in the mirror and I reflect on what I need to look like for the day. I make sure that I reflect the image of a successful person.
I have to admit I have been struggling though. I have not been the Godly daddy that I should be. There’s a mirror that I often fail to reflect on each morning. There’s a mirror that I often have to dust to get even see a reflection in the morning. I won’t promise or even have a new year’s resolution on it. There is always room for improvement but thank God I am doing better than I used to.
This mirror, the Word of God, is the litmus test of who I am to become. In James 1:21-25, James wrote on not just listening and reading the word but actually doing it. In verse 23-24 he writes “For you, if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.”
It’s so easy to look at the mirror in the morning to remove all the junk from your face and hair but the minute you walk out the door, you tend to forget what junk you had to remove. It’s not on the forefront of your mind for today’s agenda. I don’t want to be like that when it comes to God’s word. I want to always remember what I looked at in the mirror so that I can be improving not because I am under some kind of law but it is because I love the One who chose to love me regardless of what I see.
As I reflect on the man in the mirror, my prayer is that he will be a reflection of Christ. I pray that my children will see their father as a reflection of the Heavenly Father. I want to be the Godly daddy that I have been called to be. I don’t want to be weighed down by law, however, I want to be weighed down by His love.