Ok, so I may not be the answer to, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” but I do like looking my best. After all, we should want to look attractive: wear a nice outfit, apply some facial makeup, wear the right accessories, high light the new hair style, and simply just look our best for our husband, family and God.
Our mirrors are necessities in helping us reach our goal of looking nice. The more mirrors I can have in my dressing area, the better for me. My favorite mirror is the magnifying makeup mirror that is mounted on the wall next to my bathroom sink. I need the close up view because I want my foundation, eye and brow liner, mascara, blush and lipstick to be applied just right so enough is covering my facial flaws but not too much so I can have a natural pleasant appearance.
Also, my outfits need to fit just right; so again, the more mirrors the better. I like to check the front, side and back views to make sure I am looking appropriate and ready for my day. After all, I am dressing for those special people in my life and I want them to be pleased with how I present myself.
I am not referring to those “scarce, not so often work days” that come once or twice a year, where dress down is appropriate: spring cleaning, cleaning the garage or attic; although those days do seem to come more quickly than we are ready for. I am talking of the day to day routine / work in the community or at home days.
Now that we have shared information about our appearance being important, we can’t forget about another part of us that must be taken care of and receive the same amount of attention as our outward appearance. That is our inner being.
The Bible tells us that man looks on the outward appearance but God looks in the heart, (soul) – our spirit, our attitude, our gratitude etc.
I Samuel 16:7b “…for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart”.
We may look beautiful on the outside, but it can quickly turn to ugliness if we have a bad attitude, an ungrateful spirit, or react with unpleasant body language. We may just be in need of a new look from the “Mirror” of God’s Word.
“But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves”.
“For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:”
“For he beholdeth himself and goeth his way, and straight way forgetteth what manner of man he was”
“But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
We can go to church, read our Bibles and pray; but we are to do what the Bible tells us to do, to care for our souls. It is like looking in the mirror in your bathroom and seeing that your hair is messed up or your makeup is smeared. You see it, but do nothing to correct your appearance. You turn away from your mirror and go on your merry way. It is the same with reading the Bible. We read about what we are to do in our lives to be what God wants us to be; but then walk away and do nothing about changing our spirit and our daily walk.
God does want us to care about our outward appearance, but He doesn’t want us to stop there. He wants to live and work in our hearts, our lives, and help us be all that He wants us to be for His glory.
We can enjoy inner and outer beauty and have that new look with God’s help!