Words by Candace Maxymowich
“Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest
one of all?”
Simply the famous phrase from a scene in
Snow White, right? Perhaps when we look
further, there is a deeper connection to our
lives than we have previously considered?
It seems as though our culture is consumed
with mirrors, places where we look for
assurance we are indeed the “fairest of them
Perhaps we allow the mirror to haunt our
thoughts and steal the contentment God
intends for us as His sons and daughters.
Becoming a follower of Jesus doesn’t
automatically cure us of body image issues.
Yes, our body is the “temple of God,” yet,
at times we may reduce the idea of being
“fearfully and wonderfully made” to having
achieved a desired look of skinniness or
God has a different plan for our lives. Jesus’
death and resurrection broke the chains of
body image, but we have to be willing to let
go of them. Let these words sink into your
psyche : “So we do not set our sights on
the things we can see with our eyes. All of
that is fleeting; it will eventually fade away.
Instead, we focus on the things we cannot
see, which live on and on” ( 2 Corinthians
4: 18, The Voice).
Instead of being
concerned only with
the exterior, we should
focus on the things that
don’t show up in the
mirror, like becoming
more like Jesus in our
actions and attitudes.
We need to shift our
priorities away from
sculpting and more
Perhaps most importantly, we need to internalize the truth that our “imperfections”
remind us to take our eyes off ourselves
and direct them to the only Perfect One.
We want people to see the immeasurable
value given to us by Jesus not the low value
suggested by our weaknesses and flaws, but
that won’t happen if we allow ourselves to
be mastered by the mirror on the wall.
A new school year means new clothes,
new friends and old ones, nice teachers
and scary ones, a packed lunch and a fresh
timetable. As you walk into the doors of
your school, remember that when you see
yourself and others through the eyes of
Christ, the superficial image in the mirror
is replaced by the truth of how God sees us,
and we become like Jesus – truly the fairest
of them all!
May the God who created you, recreate a
spirit of acceptance in your heart. When
you look in the mirror, may you see a
handcrafted masterpiece, woven together
by the loving hands of your heavenly Father.
If you are tempted to be weighed down by
your perceived imperfections, remember
that Jesus’ power and beauty are what really
matter, and ask Him to help you live so that
others see that truth in you even more.
Influential book or album? What Do You Think of Me? Why
Do I Care: Answers to the Big Questions of Life by Edward
T. Welch provides biblical answers to finding freedom from
others’ opinions and for genuine, loving relationships to
grow as we learn about ourselves, others, and God.
“...remember that when you see yourself
and others through the eyes of Christ,
the superficial image in the mirror is
replaced by the truth of how God sees
us, and we become like Jesus – truly the
fairest of them all!”