Reflection is a great tool. When I get ready to go out of the house, I utilize a mirror to check myself over. I make sure I don’t have my hair too misplaced or make up where it ought not to be. Checking over my clothes, I confirm I dressed appropriately for wherever I am going.
19As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.Proverbs 27:19
Water also reflects our image. As Proverbs says, water reflects the face just as the heart reflects the real person. The only problem my heart isn’t visible to others, only to me. When I look into my heart and I see what is really there, only I can change it. Only I can decide what to do with the condition of my heart.
6“The Lord your God will change your heart and the hearts of all your descendants, so that you will love him with all your heart and soul and so you may live!Deuteronomy 30:6
I rejoice that I am not alone in the reclaimation of my heart. The Lord has promised to be with me in the process. He changes my heart so I can live the fullest life possible. He uses many avenues to bring about the necessary change and one of those is his word.
22But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 25But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.James 1:22-25
How foolish it would be to look myself over in the mirror and walk away, completely forgetting what I look like. I just don’t do that. Neither should we forget what God’s word says to us. It is our life line, the foundation on which change happens.
How about you? Are you brave enough to look around in your heart and see what is really there? Are you willing to let God do the renovation work, reclaiming what is lost and giving you a fresh start?