This morning as I was driving and listening to my playlist suddenly a song that hadn’t played in a long while started, it was Michael Jackson singing a song he wrote that talks about the Man in the Mirrorand asking him to make a change. The man in the mirror is the only person in your life that you have complete control over. No one can change things for you except you! There is a prayer, I’m sure you have heard it: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Everything that happens to us is like a recipe for our life that makes us who we are, and effects how we deal with situations and people. We have all done things that when thinking back on it, makes us cringe, so the best way to start with the man in the mirror is to offer him a full pardon for all past mistakes. How do you think Moses dealt with his rage and the murder he committed, Abraham’s lie about his wife being his sister, which was actually half true, or Jacob with the deception of his father and stealing his brother’s birthright?
Isaiah 43:18 “Forget about what’s happened; don’t keep going over old history. Be alert be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? You can’t drive down the road while only looking in your rear view mirror; you’ll either end up in a head-on collision or the ditch!
Philippians 3:12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. Since yesterday is gone and tomorrow never comes, all we have is today, so we have to live for today and the only way to make the most of it is to give yourself a clean slate and start over!
Lamentations 3:22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.
If God is willing to forgive you everyday and give you a fresh start, why don’t you try being nice to the man in the mirror and give him a break? I don’t think you can truly love others until you can love yourself just the way God made you, flaws and all!