The Mirror and Beyond: Be Set Free

20161112_143940In this day of rampant individual narcissism, clearly two main groups of people seem to be struggling in a losing battle of hopelessness.

Republicans and Democrats? No.

Although these seem to be in our mainstream media and cultural depravity, but these are only the tip of our real problems.

Rather, what I am referring to those who are looking too long in the mirror and those who refuse to look in the mirror at all. Let me start with the later of the two.

Who are those who refuse to look into the mirror? These are people who are constantly pointing the finger at others, those who are always blame-shifting, those who use another to justify their wrong actions, those who use religion, even the Bible, to quickly point out the error of others yet refuse to look into the mirror and see who they themselves truly are. It is those who, have a “log” so big in their own eye that they, rather than feel any sort of pain, focus on another’s “splinter.” It is those who refuse to “examine themselves.” It is those who, in running after some false hope, and finding none, continue to belittle others avoiding the mirror of truth so as to run the wheel of continual brokenness and despair over and over again.

And I, in my past, have been such a one.

The other group of people struggling to survive this sea of self-indulgence and gratification, are those who are living always before the mirror. They struggle, they say they are focused on “the way, the hope and the life,” but they continue to look into the mirror at a reflection, regardless of how hard they try to help self, cannot ever arrive at true peace, hope, grace and life. These are they who verbalize their need, yet continue to trust in the blinding unbelief of their mirror. And while looking in their mirror, they not only see a failed and flawed being, they have amid the background, carnality of every kind.

And I, in my past, have been such a one.

You see, those who refuse to look into the mirror, have but great need to get a clear picture of themselves; and those who are completely downtrodden and seemingly hopeless, constantly centered on self, need to truly turn and gaze onto the hope they are claiming in.

Only when we get an authentic dose of our true reality (Genesis 6:5, 8:21) and examine ourselves against the Word of God (2 Corinthians 13:5), will either group experience the reality of true hope, true grace, true life. For let us look to the mirror of God’s Word, and then go far beyond unto Christ. Let us grasp a hold of reality, not ideologies of empty hopelessness and the imprisonment of anger, hate and depression.

Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.” James 1:21-24

Peace and blessings!

cropped-20160722_100723.jpgJeremy B. Strang is a Christian, husband, father, and author.

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