The mirror that never lies

By Dave Henning / January 4, 2024

“The root cause of many of our problems is an inaccurate view of ourselves.  What we need is a mirror that is trustworthy, a mirror that allows us to see ourselves as God sees us.  I have great news for you: There is a mirror that never lies.  It’s objective and accurate, and it will tell you who you are, now much you matter, and why you’re here on earth.”- Chip Ingram

In his Introduction (“The Power of Mirrors”) to Discover Your True Self: How to Silence the Lies of Your Past and Actually Experience Who God Says You Are, Chip Ingram notes the powerful aspect of physical mirror.  However, Pastor Ingram states, mirrors also exist within each of us.  Most significantly, these internal mirrors create s composite picture in our minds.  And that picture tells us who we are.

Furthermore, Chip discusses his current lack of surprise at how radically people’s views of themselves differ from objective reality.  The truth?  We all have warped mirrors.  Past and present warped mirrors that distort our lives and relationships.

Certainly, as children we laughed when seeing ourselves as distorted images in funhouse mirrors.  But, Pastor Ingram cautions, there’s nothing funny about the distorted images we believe.  And when it comes to distorted images, the most powerful images (in order) are:

  • our parents and family of origin — or lack thereof.
  • authority figures, role models, and peers — people we look up to, people whose opinions matter.

In conclusion, Chip exhorts:

“The mirror I’ll show you is a divine one, given to you by God to help you see yourself as He sees you.  Despite what you’ve heard, despite what’s been planted in your conscious and subconscious mind about who you are, what you’re worth, and what others think of you, God declares that in Christ you are wanted, valuable, secure, competent, beautiful, and called for a purpose only you can fulfill.”

Today’s question: What Bible verses serve as the mirror that never lies?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Identify the lies we believe”

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