I think it’s safe to assume that you have attended a carnival or fair at some point in your life. I’m from the great state of Louisiana, and there’s a festival for everything: frogs, rice, boudin, yams, cracklins, goats, crawfish and so much more. We enjoy eating and celebrating life in Louisiana. After indulging in all that yummy goodness, you often feel stuffed, uncomfortable, and good for nothing more than sitting around or taking a nap, but there’s so much more to see and do.
After visiting all the food booths, I used to enjoy going into the house of mirrors as a kid. It amused me to see my friends and me in distorted bodies — sometimes plump and sometimes uber-skinny. Fortunately, those mirrors were created for entertainment only — not as an accurate picture of yourself.
Unfortunately, many of us see ourselves through a distorted looking glass. We see imperfections and multiply them. Whether you realize it or not, you do it every time you apply a filter to a picture of yourself. Snapchat much? I know it seems harmless to do this, and you realize it’s for entertainment purposes only, but the more you do it, the less satisfied you’ll be with the person staring back at you in the mirror. It’s a slippery slope. Eventually you succumb to the comparison trap, and your covetous nature kicks into overdrive. You want Michelle Obama’s arms, Halle Berry’s body, Angelina Jolie’s pout, and Jennifer Aniston’s locks. Fad diets, plastic surgery, and hair extensions are easy to access — further tethering you to the world. We go to great lengths at times to improve upon God’s handiwork. I’m guilty too! Whether it’s a Snapchat filter or something more extreme and permanent, we’re all guilty.
Today, I challenge you to look in the mirror and embrace the person staring back at you. Smile at her, love her, and pray for her. Find a verse or two in scripture that reinforces God’s assertion that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. Share it in the comments, and pray God’s word back to him. Do it out loud so that you, too, can hear the prayer for the woMAN in the mirror. May blessings abound! <3