Friday, December 9, 2016

Your True Mirror

"Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion." ~Brennan Manning

I want to tell you something. I want you to know that if anyone's actions have ever made you feel that something is lacking in you, it is not a reflection of you. It is not your true mirror, for if you look into it and see yourself as someone who is not lovable or worthy of love, or a failure, or anything less than amazing, then the image you are seeing is distorted and not a true reflection of your real self.

Feelings of not being worthy of love... that there is something lacking... that you must do something to earn worth and love... they are lies. If someone has not had the love of God in their hearts toward you, the words that their actions spoke to you cannot be true. Please do not believe them. No word or deed can ever change the true reflection of you, which is the one in God's mirror. He gave everything in order to get you back, set you free, know you. No price was too great. Not even death. Think of what that says about you; about your value, your pricelessness! You were and are worth it.

The true reflection of yourself, found in the mirror held by the God who loves you so much, says that you are lovable and worthy and adored and just right, with nothing lacking, that you are a treasure! This reflection does not change depending on what you do or do not do, nor on what others do or do not do toward you, because there is no way you or anyone else can possibly do anything to alter who the God who created galaxies made you to be. It's impossible. It would be kind of like taking a horse and spray painting it black and white, and saying that it is now a zebra. That wouldn't make it a zebra, and no one who knew horses would believe it was a zebra. Absolutely nothing can make a horse anything else than a horse. It's not the best comparison, but what I'm attempting to say is that, similarly, absolutely nothing can make you anything else than the valuable, amazing person that you are.