Where's the mirror?

A few weeks ago, I visited my daughter, son-in-law and four amazing grandkids in Indiana.  I was excited to see all of them, but I was also anxious to scope out their new home built in 1883.  Well, not actually new, but new to them!

They haven't been living there very long, and during my visit I noticed an important (to me) missing piece.  

The empty wall in front of the bathroom sink was clearly missing something.  With wet hair and no make-up, I asked my daughter, "Where's the mirror?"     

As I gazed at the non-reflective bathroom wall, the lack of a mirror reminded me that I was about to go out in public without doing any self-examination.  

In James 1:22-25 (NIV) the Bible tells us that the Word is like a mirror that tells us the truth about ourselves.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

When I looked at that empty bathroom wall hoping to see my refection, all I could think was, Where's the mirror?  I needed it.  I wanted it.  I knew without it things weren't going to be as they should.  I didn't want to leave the house with messed up hair, a smudge on my face or messy make-up.

The same is true with our spiritual appearance.  We need to take a fresh look in the mirror of His Word daily to do some much needed self-examination before we mix with other people.  

So, Where is your mirror? Have you looked in it lately?


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