“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like. But whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God—the free life!—even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action.” ~ James 1:22-25 (MSG)
Let’s face it, friends. The mirror isn’t a miracle worker. It shows us what we really look like. It shows us the good stuff and the not-so-good stuff. It shows us the the extra weight we may have gained through the winter months. If it’s a good mirror, it gives us a clear picture of the “us” that everyone else sees when they look at us.
The problem is never the mirror. The problem is what we put in front of it. The problem is never the mirror. The problem is the way we filter and remember (or forget) what we saw.
“Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.”
The mature and diligent among us remember what they saw in the mirror and seek to correct what they didn’t like about their appearance. Whether it be weight, hair color, makeup problems, or an outfit that doesn’t look quite right – the power to change is in our hands… but only if we remember what we looked like, what needs to change AND act to correct it. Some require long term strategy. Others are as easy as another trip to the closet. Regardless of the solution, change requires action on our part.
The Word of God is a mirror. It shows us who we really are. It shows us what we really look like – inside and out. A life pleasing to God requires a commitment to take action on what we see and hear. It requires commitment and focus over the long haul. It requires us to be men and women of action.
These past few months have been a time of deep soul-searching for me. I am dissatisfied with what I see when I look in the mirror of God’s Word.
I want to change.
I need to change.
I will change. So help me, God.