and young at heart, for sure”, or “Gee whiz, I don’t see any wrinkles!” Needless to say, the mother may or may not appreciate the mirror.
A most interesting aspect of life is one’s perspective of self. You never see yourself as everyone else sees you. With a mirror, you get a more accurate ‘picture’. Have you ever listened to your recorded voice on a cassette or CD? Hearing how you sound may come as a shock to the psyche! But the most shattering of experiences is to view yourself on video. One soon discovers that the persona one is projecting is not the persona one has intended.
There is another way to see our reflection. Each day, our world is being reflected back to us. But it is not the world out there that is a mirror. The mirror is our heart! Jesus brought it home to us in these passages:
“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the
heart.” -- Matthew 15:18 (NIV)
“You make yourselves look good in front of people. But God knows
what is really in your hearts.” -- Luke 16:15 (ERV)
“The heart overflows in the words a person speaks; your words
reveal what’s within your heart.” -- Luke 6:45 (VOICE)
So when we look within our Heart-Mirror … we shall see the true expression of our consciousness. If we don't like what we see, we don't break the mirror, but create a different reflection in the mirror. In other words, to improve our experience of life, we change our perspective and attitude; we raise our consciousness through affirmative prayer and quiet meditation. As the transformation takes place within our heart, a new outlook shall flow forth through our words and actions.
One of Michael Jackson favorite musical recordings was: “Man in the Mirror”. Here is the lyrics of the chorus:
“I'm starting with the man in the mirror
I'm asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place.
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.”
Whether we look into the bathroom mirror or the heart-mirror, we can discover the love that is our true essence. A poem published in 1934 by Dale Wimbrow, “The Guy in the Glass”, sums it up this way:
“He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he's with you clear up to the end,
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.”
When Jesus glanced into his bathroom mirror . . . he met a friend. So, grab hold of his mirror . . . and see if he appears.