Once upon a time there was a young boy. He was smart, capable, and willing to please. As he grew, he was told again and again that he didn’t measure up. He wasn’t smart enough, wasn’t wise enough to make good decisions, ultimately, he was told he was a failure. Each negative word cracked the fragile heart he had. Each criticism, each scolding look, broke more and more of his spirit until he was like a shattered mirror on the floor.
As he grew, people came into his life and spoke words of praise over him. Celebrating what he could accomplish, encouraging him to pursue his dreams. Even with these words slowly pulling the pieces back together, it would never fully restore his heart and spirit. Just like a mirror that has been glued back together, the cracks and breaks and small slivers of glass would never be as they had been. His self-image would always be distorted.
There was only option for this young man to see himself as others see him. He would have to put down his broken mirror and look at his reflection in the mirror God holds up.
God says this young man is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14).
God says he is His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10).
God says he is a pleasing aroma (2 Corinthians 2:15).
God says he is more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37).
God says he is His child (1 John 3:2).
God says he is transformed (Romans 12:2).
God says he is a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
God says he is adopted into His family (Ephesians 1:5).
O Best Beloved, do these words resonate with truth in your heart? If not, why not? Are you looking into a shattered mirror or are you looking into the mirror God holds- that reflects who you are in Christ?
Dear Ones, please hear me. The enemy will always want to hold up the distorted picture of who you were before Christ. Don’t look, don’t listen. Don’t believe him. According to God we are more than conquerors over that past because of the death and resurrection of Christ (Romans 8:37-39).
Put down the shards and take up the mirror of Heaven. Remember who you are and Whose you are. We are not the image in the shattered glass anymore. God is the ultimate healer and He made us whole. Let us all start to live as the restored.