Mirrors and windows

I started a new position at work, which I really am enjoying. My coworkers are sincere, fun, even quirky at times. Each of them has a strong trait for resolving problems and they are all about the team and helping each other succeed. I am very blessed to be a part of this department.

As a person just learning all the new systems our department uses daily, I am finding the learning curve can feel like a bit of a loop-the-loop on a roller coaster instead. In my previous position I was able to find answers quickly and I was confident in my skills. I knew what I was doing and made a point to share what I had learned whenever it could help someone else.

Now I am back behind the desk, instead of in front of it. I am feeling irritated when something doesn’t come easily or has to be undone and done again. I want to excel like I had been in my past position.

One of the dangers of being successful on a consistent basis is when you begin to believe that you really do know a lot. Even as a person who may be humble or down-to-earth, the image in the mirror starts to look pretty good. Much like a parakeet who falls for his own image in the mirror. When all I can see is me, I have nothing to use as a marker for new goals.

It’s the same thing with someone who doesn’t understand why they need Jesus. When compared to themselves, all looks pretty great. But we cannot use ourselves as the measuring stick and expect to be anything but perfect.

Paul said it clearly is Romans 3:23, For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. If we are serious about becoming a Christ follower, then we have to find a new measuring stick. In this case, that “stick” is the Cross. When we start seeing Christ as God-incarnate, realizing that God came down to earth as a baby for the whole purpose of one day dying on our behalf; that is the day we stop looking in a mirror.

Jesus can see right through us- just as if we stood in front of a window. Nothing hides who we are, what we have done, what we have said. It’s all out there in the open. No sugar coating, no flattering lights to make us seem better than we are. And what we are is sinners in need of a Savior.

The only Savior who came to us before we knew we needed Him. The only Savior who willing died in our place. The only Savior we will ever need. We may not have asked Him to do it, but He did it any way. He was the Way, before we knew we were lost.

Best Beloved, where are you today? Are you standing in front of your reflection and telling yourself that you are doing just fine? Are you looking through the windows, seeing the work of God, and wanting Him to come in your life ?

If you confess with your mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved, (Romans 10:9).

So, what will you choose, Dear Ones? The mirror or the window?

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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