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I rounded the corner and stopped dead in my tracks. Someone was standing outside the glass patio door, peering into the house from the shadows of night. In a matter of seconds I jumped, yelped and began to demonstrate the newest kickboxing move I’d learned from an exercise video earlier that day.
Tapped into my kick-butt ninja side and feeling like a brave warrior, I stood ready to protect myself and my children from this intruder. But soon enough, I simply felt silly and skittish when I realized it was a distorted reflection of myself staring at me instead of a criminal.
Seeing a glimpse of myself had scared me.
On how many levels can this happen?
If we were to see a reflection of what is in our hearts, would it scare us?
If you all are anything like me, one of the first things you do in the morning is look at yourself in the bathroom mirror as you prepare for your day. But what if we got in the habit of examining our hearts as well, making sure they are just as presentable as the outside?
After all, which is more important, the inside or the outside?
The answer to that question is found all throughout scripture, and in 1 Samuel 16:7 it says, “…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”There are many ways to examine our hearts, and one of them is to invite trusted friends and mentors to give us feedback. But let me warn you, not everyone is going to give you a clear reflection of what they see pouring from your heart. Just like the distorted reflection in the glass door, some of our friends will unknowingly give us distorted feedback.
So what should you do?
1. Find mentors and solid friends who will do the hard work of helping you grow in Christ.
2. Push past your pride. I’ll be the first to admit that pride holds me back far more than anything else. It’s hard to hear about area’s where growth is needed; however if you’re not growing, you’re stagnant at best, but more likely decaying.
3. Spend time infusing your mind with the truth of your identity in Christ. Then, when people offer opinions and advice, you will be able to decipher authentic and impactful coaching from attacks on your personality and identity.
What is so awesome about being a person who seeks God passionately?
There will come a day when our heart’s reflection won’t resemble a frail and flawed human as much. But as we win the battles over our flesh and mind, the reflection staring back at us will look more and more like Christ.
Be like the moon my friends, reflect the Son.