“It’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be… I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” ~Benjamin Button~
When you look in the mirror, who do you see? Yes, I know you see that same reflection staring back that you have seen for many years; maybe an aged, more mature version of that youthful face that once was. But look a little deeper; look into your heart and soul… who do you see?
Are you who you want to be?
There were many times in my life when I did not like who I was. Oh, how I wished I was prettier… if only my hair would lay perfectly without all the gels, sprays, straighteners and curling irons. If only my freckles were hidden so my complexion would be smooth and glowing. How I wished I could be funnier; if I could make people laugh more, or find the humor in the little things. How I wished I could be smarter, more organized, less of a perfectionist… more relaxed. But I have realized that those are the little things that make us individuals. What really counts is who we are in our hearts when it really matters. Can we look at ourselves in the mirror and be proud of that person staring back at us? Have we lived our lives with no regrets? Have we been intentional with our living… our loving… our caring? Have we allowed our past, our mistakes and our failures, to define who we are today?
It is never too late to be the person God created us to be. The refining process can be difficult and painful, as change does not come easily for some of us. It means giving up of our selfish desires to please our audience of One… Him… Our Creator. It takes time, and so much patience, which I am still trying to learn. It takes a willingness in our hearts to take that step… to realize how much our actions, our words and our choices affect not only those around us, but also our futures and our eternities. We may be 19, 41 or 65 and think that everything in our lives is just “fine”… but are we really just living behind the mask of what we want others to see? When we stop pretending… when we stop talking about “us”… when we stop showing the world our “perfect image” of what we want them to see and let the mask shatter on the floor beneath our feet… what is left? Are you proud of the “real”, raw person that stares back from that reflection?
Are you who you want to be?
Are you the Hero that your spouse and children need you to be? Are you the friend, child or sibling that you should be… the one they can be proud of?
We are starting a new year by the calendar, but any day we can choose to start a new life for ourselves; start a new life for our family… our friends. With much humility, and by the grace of our everlasting Father, we can choose to shatter our masks and admit we are human; that we are all flawed and have failures. We can choose to be the person we were created to be. We can love ourselves and others with His love, His grace and His forgiveness. We can be men and women of honor, integrity and character. We can make changes, say we are sorry, and live each day intentionally knowing none of us are promised tomorrow. We can be thankful to God for all the little blessings in our lives that He showers us with each and every day. We do not always have to be “right”; we do not always have to “make our point”. Maybe we could just stop and listen to others… hear their hearts. Maybe we should just be still and know that He is God. For those mistakes we have made, maybe today we should go make them right. Let go of the guilt… the past…. and strive each day to do what is right in God’s eyes.
Are you who you want to be?
Can you look in the mirror and see a streak-free reflection? Are you reflecting Christ? After all, we were created in His image… if He lives in us, shouldn’t others see Him through us? Are you the person He wants you to be? It is never too late to change. It is never too late to do what is right. It is never too late to become that man or woman that can one day stand before the almighty Creator and hear “Well done my good and faithful servant”. It is not always easy, but God can work wonders in our lives if we just give Him a willing heart and spirit, remove our pride, and let Him take the reigns. He can mold us into something so beautiful that we will shine brightly for His Glory despite our human flaws and mistakes. We can be that unmasked person that He wants us to be… that we want to be.
“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” ~2 Corinthians 3:18 NLT~
As we close this chapter of 2011 in the story of our lives, may we stand before our mirrors and take a deep look at the person staring back at us. May we not worry so much about our New Years’ resolutions to lose weight, work out more at the gym, or get organized. Instead, may be set our hearts and minds on more eternal things… may we strive to become that man or woman of God that He created us to be. May we be willing to make the tough decisions to change and do what is right. May we strive each day to look at a streak-free reflection and see a part of Him looking back at us.
I pray that we will all continue to see the many blessings from above as we enter into this new year of 2012… may they be “immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine!” (Ephesians 3:20-21a)
May you find the beauty in today,
“He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
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