“How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:4-5
I wondered what Michael Jackson was going through when he wrote the song “The Man in the Mirror”. It is possible with this song; he was sharing with us his personal struggles with managing all that was placed on his shoulders as a public figure. Perhaps, at one time he was not happy with the man he saw in the mirror. No one really knows; however, this was a remarkable song, and I am sure it gave many something to think about.
One verse in particular says:
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that Change!
Like Michael, there comes a time when we all must examine ourselves to see if we are living the life GOD wants us to live. Are we doing all we can within our circle to make things better for the people around us? Do we have a Christlike disposition? In other words, do we greet people with warmth, love, and compassion?
We have been living in some trying times, and much of what is happening is out of our control. However, there is a great deal of what we can control. We can control how we handle it all. We can control how we deal with people who may be having a harder time than we are. We can control how we respond to the requests of others for help, comfort, or just someone to talk to. We can control how we carry ourselves in public and within the confines of our homes. We can control how we speak to others, even when we are not in the mood to talk.
When we look in the mirror, we can see what others cannot see. We are bare, vulnerable and are our authentic selves. We can dress up and present ourselves to the world anyway we want to. However, the person who stares back at us before the make-up and cloths is who we really are. This is the person we should judge, critique, correct, and attempt to change. This is the person we cannot hide from, no matter how hard we may try.
We spend way too much time doing this for others, but we need to do this for ourselves. The WORD says, “How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:4-5.
We seem to overlook our faults but jump on the faults of others. We find ourselves doing this a lot without realizing what we are doing. This does not make us bad people; it makes us human. However, we need to try to do better, to be better, and to act better.
As brothers and sisters in Christ, it is our responsibility to be the best versions of ourselves, and to love one another as Christ loves us. If we keep this mindset, we can be honest with ourselves, and work on the areas that we need to work on. By doing so, we will continue to grow to love and respect the person staring back at us in the mirror.
At the end of the day, that person in the mirror is you, so let us make it the best version of you!
May God Bless You,
In his service,