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Lent 2013 – Day 7: ‘Looking in the mirror’

kitten with mirror on white background. kitten looks in a mirror

Painful as it is to look in the mirror,
may I remember that God wants me to love Him
and love my neighbour
… as I love myself!

To obey His command I must learn to love myself … appropriately.

Lord, teach me the difference between vanity and knowing I’m loved;
the difference between insecurity and acceptance.
and the difference between self-loathing and a belief in God’s mercy and life-chagning grace.

Walt Disney said,
The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.’

I thank God that we are all unique … and uniquely loved by God.

But the Lord said to Samuel,
“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.
The Lord does not look at the things human beings look at.
People look at the outward appearance,
but the Lord looks at the heart.”
(1 Samuel 16:7 TNIV)

as I think about the mirror today,
I’m reminded that the late Steve Jobs (the co-founder of Apple) once said,

‘For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself:
‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’
And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row,
I know I need to change something.’

Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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