Windows and Mirrors

06/13/2014

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Choices surround us every day, all the time. What should I wear? Which turn should I make? What should I make for dinner? And so on.

When it comes to gazing, we have another choice. Should we gaze into a mirror, which simply bounces images back to us and shows us…ourselves? Or should we gaze through a window, where our eye can travel for miles and see all kinds of interesting things. A mirror is going to show exactly what is in front of it, whereas a window will show…possibilities.

Unfortunately, when we get stressed we tend to dream less and concentrate more. Curiosity is replaced by worry. We pull the shades to the world that is beyond our control and focus on ourselves. Is this a “bad” thing to do? It seems the natural and common thing, but it doesn’t work—if you stare into a mirror long enough, you’ll just see more and more blemishes. And if we’re honest, deep down I think most of us aren’t that enamored with ourselves to begin with.

When you’re unsettled, don’t stop dreaming. Don’t stop being curious and looking at the big picture. If you make it about yourself, well, in the end that’s all you’ll have. Is that what you really want? I sure don’t.

Choose the window!

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight -- 1 Peter 3:3-5

 

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