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Man in the Mirror

In today’s lifestyle it is difficult for anyone to walk past a mirror without taking a moment for self-absorption or self-loathing.  We have become a society that is focused on the way we look to the rest of the world.

“Sometimes I hate the man in the mirror.” – Lecrae

Instead of being consumed by what is wrong with that guy in the mirror, we should focus on the gifts within. Public opinion makes the assumption that the psychological disorder of vanity is mainly a female problem. Yet I am sure you like myself know many a man who spends more time in front of the mirror than is healthy, maybe even it is you.

Man_in_mirror, Man in the Mirror

Rather than dwelling on how skinny or young we should be; or how we need the abs we used to have back in our hay-day.  If we focus on God’s grace in the gifts that we have to share to others, all the rest will come naturally. Focus on making yourself into the reflection where others see Christ when they look at you. If your actions speak volumes it will not matter what the man in the mirror may look like to you.

“The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.” – Psalms 94:11

We look into the mirror and see ourselves big and mighty strong as a lion. Yet many of us are with scars of hurts and pain of sin that we carry unable to forget our past.  Unlike the women in our lives, we don’t have make-up to conceal our wrong, so we turn to arrogance and ego pretending that everything is okay.  Pain is a sign of weakness and we are men, we are built to be strong.  From Adam’s rib came the woman, therefore we as men are to lead, flawlessly.

CatLionMirror, Man in the Mirror


So no matter what you may perceive in the mirror, knowing that you were created in God’s image with a purpose should help remove the thoughts of desperation and humble any remaining pride or ego.   We were each born into this world with a purpose and meaning and once we find that niche that we happen to fit in, the world becomes an amazing place.

If you or someone you know struggles as a man with ego, selfishness, vanity, pride or any other debilitating condition; seek out the word and find a mentor that can help you.  We were born unto this world to lead, nowhere does it say that we are to lead alone.

For those that battle with ageism, weight issues, confidence or character flaws or just do not feel you live up to the expectation of those around you.  Maybe it is time you change the people with that expect you to be someone you are not.  It is time to look in the mirror, accept yourself for who you are.  Be accountable for who you want to be looking back at you, and know no matter what you are a child that is so loved He gave His only Son.



About Charles Johnston

Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.