It seems like when a woman looks in the mirror she sees herself quite differently than her significant other sees her. I’ve always thought this was something interesting and have wished that my fiance could see herself through my eyes just once so she could realize just how beautiful she is. We were discussing and laughing about this with our mentor couple last night. We joked that they must have a fun-house mirror or something when they look at themselves, because all we see is a profoundly beautiful woman and they see flaws and imperfections and things they wish the could make bigger or smaller or straighter or curlier etc. etc.
I gave this some further thought as I lie awake in the early morning hours longing for sleep. I’ve come up with an answer. Man and Wife model Christ and the Church, yes? This situation falls in line with that comparison. She looks in the mirror and she sees all these things she doesn’t like just as we the Church do the same. We see all these imperfections and unpleasant things and things we want to change. Christ looks at us and just sees something beautiful. His blood covered all the ugly… all He sees is His beautiful bride. We men see our women as beautiful desirable creatures that we simply adore and even this is a model of Christ and the Church.
I know my words didn’t quite reach eloquence, but this is the best you get from a very tired man. So, wives, next time you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see and your husband comes up behind you and wraps his arms around you and tells you that what he sees is the most gorgeous woman in the world- believe it- and remember that Christ feels this way about you also.
Do you ever think about other people? It’s human nature to be self-centered. It makes sense to see/view/experience the world from only our own point of view. It’s easy to become self-centered. Today’s culture seems to breed narcissism. I know more than a few narcissists. Christ came to the Earth and the only thing he cared about at all was people. His entire earthly existence was about people. That’s quite an example to live up to, but isn’t that what we’re trying to do?
I was having a discussion with a few people last night. It reminded me of the importance of people. Our discussion spanned many areas. We hit on current worldviews and wealth and materialism and the rich versus the poor. I was reminded of this one truth: All of Heaven and Earth will pass. Every single thing here on this Earth will fade away… except people. The souls of every single person in the world, past and present, will survive this life and move into the next. We are all bound for one of two places. It doesn’t really matter your place in this life, whether janitor or CEO or somewhere in between– what really matters in the end is 1)Did you love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and accept His Son Jesus Christ as the only path unto salvation? and 2)Did you love your neighbor as yourself? Did you love people? Maybe God planned for you to be a successful businessman so that you could provide jobs to people, fund mission trips, give to charity organizations. If you did this all unto God, you have served your purpose. Maybe God’s plan for you was that you didn’t make much money, but you had more love in your heart than you could contain. You gave of your time and energy to whoever needed it and touched countless lives. Maybe God called you to be a missionary to reach people in other countries that have never heard of Jesus. That wealthy Christian businessman supports you on your missions. Every person in the Body of Christ has been called to a purpose, and not all the same purpose. Don’t envy the wealthy Brother or the poor Brother or the missionary Brother or the Brother in the military. God made you for and calls you to a specific purpose. All work is good work when it is done unto the glory of God. As long as you keep people on your radar as the most important thing in life- the one thing that moves on into eternity- I think your heart is in the right place.