You know, when we look at ourselves in the mirror it's very easy to judge what we see by the perception of humanity. After all, we see each other with very human eyes. We see outward features, viewing someone as too fat, too thin, a little short, or very tall. Perceptions of the beautiful and the ordinary are subjective after all to the beholder after all. Parents...though none likes to admit it...can some times play favorites between children for the same reasons. A parent loves each one of their children, but differences in temperament or personality, individual habits, interests, and reactions to various scenarios all play a part in how a parent might react to a child. Very few parents ever purposefully favor one child more than another...but it does happen. Through a thoughtless word any one of us can inflict hurt upon the other...especially a parent upon a child.
I learned long ago how futile it is to view ourselves through the eyes of another human being. Father, mother, sister, brother, child, spouse, or friend. Those eyes...no matter how loving...are flawed by sin. When we wrap our value or worth in the hands of another human being...no matter who that person is...we are viewing ourselves through a cracked mirror.
There is only One who sees us perfectly. One who created and knew us before we were born.
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
There is only One we can completely trust. One who guides and directs us. Knowing He always has our best interest in mind.
Numbers 23:19 (NLT)
God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
There is only One who will always love us...no matter the cost.
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.
My husband often and rightly speaks of putting on "Jesus glasses" to view the world. So we may see the lost, hurting, or forgotten around us and make an effort to love them. What if we were to view each other...father, mother, sister, brother, child, spouse, or friend...through our Father's eyes? Is it possible those thoughtless words might slacken or even come to an end?
Perhaps if we were to daily view each other through our Father's eyes, we might see as He sees, love as He loves. Understand the value in the people we see daily around us. Not only the larger world around us...but each other....especially those in our own family.
Perhaps it's worth a try?
About the Author: Kristine McGuire is a Christian wife, mother, Biblical Counselor, and Inspirational Speaker in ministry with her husband Thom (Big Fish Ministries). Kristine has a daily blog called Kristine ReMixed (kristinemcguire.com), writes a Life column for PositivelyFeminine.org, and is the author of Escaping the Cauldron. After twenty-nine years as a Christian, Kristine became involved in the occult as a witch/medium/ghost hunter until God rescued and restored her to complete faith in Jesus Christ. In Escaping the Cauldron , Kristine McGuire exposes the lies of the enemy and discusses the current interest in the paranormal pervading our culture.