Today we continue our series on Chosen and Approved: Untangling our Identities from People and Perfection. I know I spend more time listening to who the world says I am instead of embracing the truth that I am known and chosen by God. I get caught up in worldly perceptions that sound like this:

Mirrors never lie. The world’s reality is the best reality. Others perceptions are always spot on. Social media speaks the truth at all times. 

After hearing or reading the words above, I find these spoken and written words leave an imprint on my heart. Whether I believe these words depends on my view of who I believe I am in God’s eyes.

My first look into the mirror when I wake up is not my favorite. I actually pray the mirror is lying when I see the face reflected back at me. I don’t often look too closely, but when I do, I see a woman who has lived a lot of life, smiled often and the inevitable bedhead. Oh my! My critical eye roves over every line, wrinkle and age spot as if I can come to grips with how much I aged overnight.

While mirrors share a picture of our physical selves, we also leave a reflection of ourselves behind with every action, spoken word and belief.

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Go back to the first thing in the morning as you look in the mirror and glance again. Is the reflection you see staring back at you the one you wish to reflect to those around you? The world takes our reflection and embraces or rejects it based on its beliefs. But the only reflection that is worthy is the one reflecting the original creation of  “you”. When you look in the mirror, do you see a reflection of the person God formed in His image and who loves you like no other?

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As a middle-aged woman, I carry the titles of mom, daughter, sister, retired teacher, mother-in-law, friend and the list goes on. I proudly share who I am with others when these titles of truth come up in conversation. But hidden away, on another list are titles the world gives me. These unspoken titles remain hidden in the recesses of my heart. My outer appearance shows a woman who has it together, but somedays the inner person is not who you see on the outside.

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But once again we need to seek our truth from God and who He says we are. We will always find our true selves in the reflection of God and not who the world says we are. His truth says…

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT

So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. 2 Corinthians 3:18

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When we see ourselves as God sees us, we reveal our true reflection. By embracing God’s truth, the veil of deceit falls away and empowers us to reflect His glory. We are free to look in the mirror knowing God is in the reflection staring back at us. It is in the process of looking in where our truth lies and our true selves shine. The place where truth and our true reflection meets is where our vulnerable story begins. It is where we are truly alive and where God’s light shines forth. It is our place of wholeness and the beautiful creation God created us to be today and for the rest of our lives.

May God’s truth be the only truth you surround yourself with today.

A beautiful child of God,

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Join Emily Conrad, Jeanne Takenaka and I on our journey of exploring how God chooses us and we know our pre approval is in Him. Today’s installment is the second part of our six week series. You can click here to read Jeanne’s offering from last week. We pray these words bless you as we share our hearts and learn with you of the gift of God’s masterpiece manifested in each of us.

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