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Question, have you ever stood in front of your mirror asking, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”, only to have your mirror scream back at you the name of your best friend? Or even worse, the name of your arch rival? Had you stood there in complete confidence believing your mirror would affectionately name you as the ‘one’ only to live the horror and shock of hearing another’s name ring out with the sound of a thousand sopranos? Ugh, if you are female I can guarantee you have had this experience on more than one occasion and if you are male I’m sure it has happened to you at least once in your lifetime.

Do you remember the story of Snow White? How her wicked step-mother queen would sit in front of her mirror asking it who was the fairest in all the land? Over and over the mirror would tell her it was her. Oh how happy this made Snow White’s step-mother until one day the mirror wasn’t so kind. When the mirror’s answer changed from her own name to the name of her step-daughter, Snow White, the queen went into an evil rage and vowed to hunt down the little princess and do away with her forever! No way, no how could this woman ever live believing she wasn’t the most beautiful dame in all the land. No! She would have to work hard at getting rid of her competition.

Some find the story of Snow White amusing and even entertaining, believing it only to be a fairytale concocted in the mind of a genius story-teller. Sadly, the story of Snow White is lived out every day all across the world. Girls and boys, men and women, stand in front of mirrors daily asking, “Who’s the fairest of them all?” hoping to hear their name tenderly called only to suffer the disappointment, more often than not, of another’s name ringing in their ear instead. What these girls and boys, men and women, don’t realize however, is that the voice answering them IS a fairytale, an illusion, a whisper that isn’t real.

I can’t even count to you the number of people I have come into contact with who have a low self-image and who struggle with self-esteem issues. Over and over I have talked with people who are looking for validation in mirrors that keep screaming they don’t measure up. They torture themselves daily by listening to voices that lie, voices that torment, voices that kill, and they don’t even know it.

I want to ask you, what mirror are you looking in? What mirror is telling you that you aren’t the fairest in your land? Are you looking into the mirror of fashion magazines that cry out, “you’re too fat, too short, too ugly!”? Are you looking into the mirror of friends and family who are trying to shape you into the mold they want you to fit in, planting a seed of shame in you in the process? Are you looking into the mirror of movies and television that scream, “you’re only special if you’re sexy and ‘easy’!”? Are you looking into the mirror of older (or younger) ‘role models’ who holler, “you will never be as good at this as I am!”? Are you looking into the mirror of a world that calls right wrong and wrong right?

Friends, I want to encourage you today to begin looking into the only Mirror that has a good and proper reflection. A Mirror that isn’t a fairytale and that speaks only truth. That mirror is the Word of God! “But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” – II Corinthians 3:18. Looking into the Word (or Bible) is the same as looking at Jesus and it is by looking at Him we see our true reflection – a reflection of His glory. Instead of telling you that you don’t measure up, the Mirror of the Word tells you that you are, “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Psalm 139:14. The mirror of the Word also tells you that you are special and the apple of God’s eye. (see Zechariah 2:8) The mirror of the Word tells you that your future is bright and full of purpose, not hopeless and flawed. (see Jeremiah 29:11) The mirror of the Word tells you God loves you and that He will never leave you nor forsake you, even in the darkest times of your life. (see Hebrews 13:5) And, although the mirror of the Word will illuminate sin in your life telling you that you need to live more holy before a holy God, it will also tell you that you can accomplish this by His strength. (see Romans 12:2 and II Cor 3:18)

So beloved, quit looking into mirrors that give off disillusioning reflections of lies about who you are and look into the Mirror that shows you who you really are! You are loved, you are beautiful, you are created with purpose, just the way God wants you to be!

PLEASE VISIT THE FOLLOWING LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpVRgye2ihk

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