You Missed A Spot
We tend to be creatures of habit. Consider your morning routine. Chances are that every morning you go through a similar procedure as you start your day. Although we may have different morning routines, there is one item that nearly everyone is sure to attend to before starting their day, and that is taking a good look in the mirror.
Mirrors are quite simple, and yet they are a very important tool for each one of us. We use our mirrors at the beginning of each day to make sure that we look appropriate for whatever our day may bring. Mirrors show us if our hair looks just right before a big job interview. A mirror tells you if the salad you just ate left some lettuce stuck between your molars. Mirrors also let us know if there’s a giant pimple in the middle of our forehead right before we take someone special out on a date. We all use mirrors to identify our imperfections so that we can take appropriate action and adjust our appearance.
Although someone may be tempted to view their appearance in a biased manner, mirrors don’t lie. A mirror is an impartial judge that gives us the most accurate picture of ourselves possible. Have you ever noticed that nobody blames the mirror if they’ve put on a few extra pounds, or have a bad hair day? We understand that a mirror is just a tool, and we’re grateful that mirrors save us from going out in public looking like a mess.
There is another mirror which reflects an accurate picture of our lives that a bathroom mirror will never show you. James writes:
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:23–25)
Unfortunately, we don’t always treat the mirror of God’s word like our bathroom mirror. Sometimes we go for days or weeks on end without looking into this mirror because we’re afraid we may not like what we see. Sometimes we argue with this mirror and try to distort it because we don’t want to change what it clearly shows we need to. Still other times we just don’t think it’s very important to check our appearance in this mirror, and we wind up going about our life covered with spiritual pimples, and our heavenly garments all wrinkled and stained. Even when we do gaze into this mirror, often we walk away from it without ever working on the problems God’s word showed us.
We would never treat our bathroom mirror like this, so why do we sometimes behave this way with God’s mirror? Let’s face it; every one of us has numerous imperfections in our lives. Although we might be able to fool those around us, God always knows how we really look. How are we know what we need to work on if we completely avoid the only unbiased tool that can show us where we need improvement? James says that the only way God will bless us in what we do is if we’re careful to “look intently” into that mirror on a continual basis and live by what it says. God has given us a tremendous blessing by delivering this mirror into our hands. Let’s commit ourselves to using a mirror that can make us the men and women God wants us to be.