Real Reflections

Do you ever look in the mirror and wonder whose reflection is staring back at you? You hardly recognize the person whom you have become. You know that the mirror isn’t lying to you. It’s just that your reflection doesn’t resemble what you look like in your head.

In your mind you’ve got it all together. You’re crushing it as a parent. You’ve been consistently speaking your spouse’s love language. Your boss is surely going to give you that promotion any day now. The house is clean… well, let’s not go that far. But really, all in all you’ve got a pretty good beat on things.

So why is this reflection making you feel like a fraud? Is there something deeper that needs to be dealt with?

Proverbs 27:19 says, “As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.”

If you have chosen to follow Jesus, then His very Spirit dwells inside your heart and can help you discern whether you are a fraud or not. Are you presenting yourself as something you are not (i.e. , totally unselfish in relationships, the martyr mom, a saint in the workplace)? If so, then it’s probably time to check back into God’s Word and see what He has to say on topics such as pride, humility, and sin. But it could be that the reason your reflection seems off is that the enemy is distorting it by telling you that you’re not good enough, you need to work to gain love, and that God is disappointed in you. All are lies and should be counteracted with God’s Word.

If our hearts reflect who we really are, then it makes sense to fill them with God’s declarations of love and mercy. That’s how we stop feeling like a fraud and reflect our true heart. 

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