Are your lenses clouded? (Photo)

I wear contacts. And glasses. If I'm not wearing one of these, everything in my life comes to a halt! Jonathan has been blessed with perfect vision, something I still try not to envy. Hopefully our children will acquire his genes in this area. 

What we see really is dependent on the lenses we are looking through. This is true in the physical and the spiritual realm. 

The other day I was doing my hair and grabbed my iPhone to inspect the back of my hairdo. (I think one of our 4 girls has permanently claimed my hand mirror...) As I turned the camera around,  what I saw in the mirror did not make me happy. After trying a couple of different hairstyles, I finally went to my closet where the two mirrored doors face each other and the lighting is different. An immediate smile came to my face as I inspected my hair from different angles. As nice as my iPhone camera is, it didn't accurately reflect my hairstyle. 

Are we viewing ourselves through clouded lenses such as comparing ourselves with other people? Even comparing our weaknesses with somebody else' worse weaknesses to justify something we aren't ready to change yet? 

We will see the best quality picture of ourselves when we look at ourselves through the mirror of God's word. James tells us that God's word is a mirror. The more we keep His words before us, the more we will reflect who God is. James 1:22-25

"Whoever catches a glimpse of the revealed counsel of God- the free life!- even out of the corner of his eye, and sticks with it, is no distracted scatterbrain but a man or woman of action. That person will find delight and affirmation in the action." James 1:25 MSG

Stay on the lookout for next weeks' special Christmas blog post entitled "What are you willing to give?"

Don't forget to come out to my official Book Launch Party next Thurs, Dec. 22 from 6-9 pm!  Click here for all the details.