So, just so everyone knows, my sister and I got matching tattoos for Christmas!! I know, I know! I’m getting too old to be doing stuff like this! I should’ve started getting tattoos in my 20’s instead of my 40’s. Well, actually I did start in my 20’s, I just waited a long time to get more. Anyway, it’s a bird with the verse reference Prov. 31:25, and the word sisters in the tail. I’ll include a picture later.
When I get home, of course I immediately run to the mirror to admire my new work of art. I gotta tell y’all, when you’re looking in the mirror at something, things can look a whole lot different than when you’re looking at something dead on. I mean, I’m staring at this thing thinking, is that a 25, cause it doesn’t look much like 25. Is that word backwards? I went and asked my husband, Steve, just to make sure, and of course everything was kosher. Whew! I mean, I trust Chris, my friend and tattoo guy, but I gotta tell ya, I was worried there for a second!
I know everyone out there doesn’t agree with the whole tattoo thing, and that’s ok! God will reveal to me if it’s a sin for me to get a tattoo. He told me years ago, I had to stop coloring my hair weird colors like purple and pink. That’s not a sin for everyone mind you, but it is for me, because God told me not to do it anymore! Anyway, that’s not the point of this blog really, the point is that sometimes we look in the mirror and we are our worst critics, because we look at ourselves with unhealthy eyes.
Most of the time when we look at ourselves, all we see are the many flaws. God knows we all have them, right? I know I do! As I was reading my Bible (Tina C, are you proud of me? I capitalized Bible!) this morning, I stumbled upon this verse. “Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is unhealthy, your whole body is filled with darkness.” Matt. 6:22-23.
Now, maybe I’ve read this verse before, perhaps in a different translation, but I don’t remember ever seeing it. I can tell y’all this though, I’ll remember it from now on! God’s Word is alive, and has a way of speaking to us just when we need it the most! We could’ve read a verse a thousand times before, and thought nothing of it, then read the same, exact verse again later and it will speak loud and clear! It’s cool how that works huh?
Y’all, do you know what it takes for our eyes to be healthy don’t y’all? I’m no Bible scholar, but I’m pretty sure Jesus wasn’t talking about wearing glasses! (Although, at this point in my life I can’t do anything without my glasses!) Our eyes are only healthy when we are able to see through the eyes of Jesus! And we can only see through His eyes when we get to know Him! And we can only know Him by studying His Word and surrounding ourselves with others who feel the same way! When we fail to do those things, every time we look in the mirror we see things that just aren’t so, like when I thought the word sisters was backwards! Or worse!
The enemy will tell you that all you see in the mirror is a junkie, a thief, a liar, an adulterer, an alcoholic, an abuser, or abused. The enemy would have you see a used up, good for nothing, waste of space. But don’t y’all see?! THAT’S what’s backwards! That’s not who God says you are! If we look at ourselves through our own eyes, or through the eyes this world has given us, all we see is darkness! That’s not who you are in Christ! Healthy eyes allow us to see ourselves in light! The way God would want us to see ourselves! Having healthy eyes allows us to see ourselves as a useful, productive and clean part of the body of Christ! Even if you’re like me, and are the colon in the body of Christ! Hey, every body has one, and colons happen to be very useful! Stinky sometimes, but necessary!
So if the enemy is trying to tell you you’re something you’re not? If you’re looking at yourself through unhealthy eyes, and all you see is darkness? Get yourself an eye exam from the Great Physician!