Sometimes I look in the mirror and wonder, “Who is that person staring back at me?”. It’s as if I’ve not seen my reflection, or really studded my reflection, for a number of years, as the person looking back at me looks more like an older version of me. Anyone else had that experience?
I then thought to myself, “Is this what others see when they look at me these days?” – It was a rhetorical question to myself, as obviously it is what others see when they look at me. But then I took a closer look in the mirror – I looked into the eyes that were staring back at me, and I saw all the feelings and emotions I’ve felt over the years. Here’s a few for things I saw: happiness, gratitude, pain, despair, pride, grief, joy, loneliness – one their own they represent various life experiences or challenges, but together that have made me the person I am today.
The person I am today is not the person I was last year, or 20 or 30 years ago, or even the person I was as a teenage. My life has changed substantially in that time, and I have changed substantially in that time too – I hope for the better! Certainly I can say with confidence that my faith and belief in God is stronger than it was when I was a teenage – It could have gone a different way when challenges have come my way in life, but I know and believe even when I couldn’t see a way through some situations, God held out His hand and guided me through those days.
I pray that when others look at me they don’t just see me, but that they see Christ in me – I have a long way to go to live like Christ, but I’m trying to be more like Christ each day, are you?