Michael Jackson sang a song "Man in the Mirror". In true MJ fashion, I got lost in his dancing, on-stage antics, and the ooo ooo's, that I lost the meaning of the song.
I've changed. We all are changing. Some in good directions, some not so much.
I used to look in a mirror and feel small, ugly and useless. Who I was, became who I was with. I was looking to belong, be accepted..... loved!
There is a part of the song that goes like this:
"I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change."
So I did! I made a change! I reached out to the one who changes. JESUS. I was ready. I wanted to look in the mirror and see someone who I loved.
So, time to get down to the nitty gritty! Do some interior house-cleaning!
Step 6, in action:
We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. "(James 4:10)
I see a transformation. I don't hate on me anymore. I realize when I screw up (and I still do) that I am forgiven and given another chance to make it right.
I look in the mirror now and like who I see.
Not because my make-up looks particularly good, or I shed a few pounds or I am having a good-hair day; nope!
Because JESUS changed me. I was ready! HIS exuberance shines through me.
My heart sings now. Even when I am stressed.
Now, I actually take pictures with my grandkids and even selfies where I once hid my face. I did that because the mere view of my face made me sad.
Now! When someone says, "wow, you look different/looking good"- I say "thank you"; and in my heart, I know that the "man in the mirror" the one that shines- is the "JESUS IN ME".
It is all about HIM!
Thank YOU JESUS for changing the woman in the mirror! Amen ❤