But be doers of the word and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. James 1:22-24
As I was putting on my makeup this morning, I remembered that as a child our bathroom had a three-way mirror. With the end mirrors spread wide you could see only the surface, however, if you pulled the end mirrors together, you could see infinite images of yourself. Spiritual reflection can be a bit like looking into that mirror. Looking only at the surface, you might focus on the perceived imperfections and be critical. Pull in the sides, and you will see deeply, so deeply you may lose focus on what is real and true. There is, however, that perfect angle, the angle where the end mirrors are pulled into just the right place, and you can see all sides of yourself. Without distortion, you can see a clear reflection of who you are. Even if only for a moment hold onto that clarity, it is a gift.
For me, scripture is the guide I use to set the angles. Scripture gives me the guidance to go deep into my spiritual search while keeping the image of myself from getting too deep and distorted. The words in James remind me to look, see, reflect and then go back out and live. Live with and into that perfect clear image of myself. Perfect does not mean flawless, but perfect as I am created in the image of God, who knows me from all angles and loves me deeply.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. For now, we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:11-13
Take a moment today to look into the mirror at as many angles as your mirror will allow. Look into the flaws and the flawless parts of who you are and know that God loves you from every angle.