When you looked in the mirror this morning, who did you see?
Hopefully not the person in the image above. Was that face staring back at you sagging a little bit more than in years past? Possibly. Did you see someone lacking confidence? Maybe. Did you see a person no one likes? It sure feels like it sometimes. Did you see someone who is haunted by the past? That may well include us all. Do you like the person you saw in the mirror this morning? Not really sure.
It can be tough taking a good hard look in the mirror. Nevertheless, when you do so I hope you see someone who is “good.”
What do I mean by that? In the very first pages of Genesis, the Lord God assures us that He created everything and declared all of it to be “good.” The first chapter of John’s gospel and the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Colossians confirm that Jesus, as a part of the Trinity, created everything. In Ephesians 1 we discover that we were crafted, and called by Him, before the creation of the world. We are a part of what the Lord created and declared with regal authority to be “good.”
So why are we less than pleased when we look in the mirror?
We have walked away from God, and in doing so, ventured straight into the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Praise be to God that we are forgiven of our past deeds through the blood of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice declares His love for us in words written in red. We know we need to find our value, our self-esteem, in our relationship with the Lord….
What a minute! That’s all fine but what about my sagging skin? That’s what I’m really worried about! Do I get that unnecessary facelift / liposuction / botox / hair plugs / Brazilian Butt Lift, or don’t I?
To butt lift or not to butt lift, that is the question.
If you have read the preceding paragraphs you know that no physical augmentation, be it plastic surgery or a beach body via P90X, will augment our self-esteem long term. Only the love of Christ will do that, and He doesn’t care if your hair is thinning while your waistline is growing. It is our hearts that He notices.
But there is another reason to think twice about plastic surgery. Our bodies have an expiration date, just like that milk carton in the back of your refrigerator. One day, in spite of all of our alchemy, we will go bad just like that 2%. Listen, if I start to smell like bad milk, don’t tell me. I don’t want to know. No matter how much we prop up those butts, eventually they are going to let us down.
Don’t get deflated yet. It is true, as Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 15, that we have inherited our expiration dates from Adam. Nonetheless, God declared creation “good.” His plan is not to take creation, wad it up and throw it in the trash can. He will reclaim what He declared “good.” Jesus died and was resurrected in a new body, a spiritual body made of heaven – not earth. So will we. He was the first, the Trailblazer, and those who belong to Him will follow when that last trumpet sounds. What will that be like exactly? I don’t know but it will be “good.”
Perhaps my butt can’t wait for that day, but I can. (I can’t believe how many times I have gotten to write “butt” in my pastor’s blog)
When we meditate on the great love letter that the Lord has given us, we can begin to understand what is “good” about us. Jesus thought us up, Jesus came looking for us, and He will remake us in that glorious day to come.
There is a ton of potential staring back at you in the mirror. Will you recognize that when you look in the mirror tomorrow morning?
We can’t discuss medical procedures without a disclaimer so here is mine:
It must be mentioned that some procedures that fall under the category of plastic surgery can be as necessary as a hip replacement. We are not talking about that. We are discussing whether or not we can fix our self-esteem with surgical augmentation or like-minded efforts and the answer is no. Ultimately, our self-esteem derives from our relationship with the Lord.
( BTW, the evil queen in the picture is not consulting the mirror about Snow White. She is trying to determine if that cape makes her look fat. That poor lady. She needs Jesus! And some non-toxic makeup remover.)