It is physically impossible to see your own face without the use of a mirror. Life is full of “mirrors” that reflect imperfections you might need to change. The trick is to make sure you are paying attention, willing to learn, and above all, act.
Mirrors take many forms. You might find a great person to mentor you like a pastor, financial advisor, or fitness coach. Especially if you were seeking insight into your spiritual life, your financial goals, or to improve your health.
Other mirrors might be events that occur during life. A normally forgiving person would soon discover how forgiving they really were if they found out someone close had stolen something of great value from them. Life’s hard times can also be some of the most reflective.
My favorite mirror is the bible. I know it may seem weird to think of it as more than just a book, but every time I read this mirror it shows me so much about myself and gives me so much to think on and incorporate into my life. Any of these mirrors can be used to show us a reflection of our deepest thoughts, desires, and feelings. Even the ones we didn’t know we had.
A wise person would put as many mirrors as possible to good use. They help us to learn more and more about ourselves. Fortunately for us, God knows us better than we do and He wants to teach us more about us so we can grow. As we learn more about Him, we in turn learn more about us.
The scriptures say in 1 Corinthians 13:12:
Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now. -NLT
Socrates was on to something when he said, “Know thyself.” But the most important thing is to act. It doesn’t do any good to merely be aware of something that needs to change without the intention of ever changing. Be smart enough to make the necessary adjustments once you’ve discovered something in life that needs to change.
James 1:23 gives us some insight into what occurs when we don’t change:
For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. -NLT