Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain. (Revelation 3:2)
Mirrors cause me much pain, especially as I get older…and grayer…and rounder. Just this morning I rose early and rushed to the gym, looking to do a bit of exercise as the start to my day. I was feeling pretty good until I was on the way out the back door of the facility, and there the mirror told me I had far, far to go.
Funny, but my mind raced in two directions as I quickly looked away from my image in the mirror. First, I thought how much had changed in my health over the recent years—less flexibility, more weight, less motivation, more appetite. Second, I saw in my shape what—at least to me—was a reminder that there was still some potential for health and recovery of a better shape, a better me. And then it occurred to me that the mirror was actually a help more than a hindrance.
I saw in the mirror not only the obvious effects of health struggles and neglect, but also the potential of recovery and vitality. It was a spiritual moment. I gained an insight into my walk with the Lord. I realized that at any given time I will find a lack of vitality and development—all it takes is a close look in the mirror of my soul. Yet, where there is lack there is opportunity. Just the fact that I find the mirror troubling tells me there is more in me, there is more possible, there is opportunity for growth.
I may not be where I want to be with my body, or with my Lord, but if I remain watchful—including looking into rather than away from the mirror—then I can see not only what isn’t there, but also what is. I can see what remains, and I can—and will—ask God to help me strengthen it. And He will hear me. He will help me strengthen what remains.
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