Saints of the Most High
A good Monday morning to you all. I just finished working with, or using two mirrors so let us talk about mirrors. Mention “Man in the Mirror” and immediately Michael Jackson (MJ) comes to mind. Man in the Mirror is a song that was written for MJ by Siedah Garret and Glen Ballard and this song is about making a change and then realizing “Oh, wait a minute. The change has to start with you!” So as we all know, MJ made this song popular when he released it in January, 1988 as the 4th single (off of his album Bad). If you are able to recall, this song peaked at number one in the United States when it hit the ears of the listening public. MJ arranged this song with a gospel choir effect in mind and the background vocals came from such well-known gospel artists as The Winans and the Andrae Crouch Gospel Choir whose dexterity gave this song a very distinctive, “churchy” sound. Look at some of the lyrics:
I’m gonna make a change for once in my life
Its gonna feel real good
Gonna make a difference, Gonna make it right
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message, could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make that change, yey
Na na na, na na na, na na na na oh ho
Take a look at yourself and then make that change
You gotta get it right, while you got the time
Cause when you close your heart, Then you close your mind
Make that change
Isn’t that something? Nice and challenging lyrics. When you are alone, who’s the man/woman in the mirror when you look in the mirror? You. Me. This time for once, there is no pointing to, or at others but to self. Look at what the Bible says about mirrors in 2 Corinthians 3:18 – But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
While I’m very careful which translation I use or quote, I’d like to say that another translation puts it this way – All of us have had that veil removed so that we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him and reflect his glory even more.
Continuing along the same line, here’s a story about mirrors. Long ago in a small village there was a place known as the House of a Thousand Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the door with his ears lifted high, tongue sticking far out in excitement and his tail wagging as fast as he could.
To his great surprise, he found himself staring at a thousand other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered and rewarded with a thousand great smiles just as friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself “Hmmm! This is a wonderful place; I will tell my neighbours about it and come back and visit very often.”
In the same village lived another little dog; however, he was not as happy as the first one, but decided to visit the house when he was told about it. When he got there, he slowly climbed the stairs and hanging his head low, he looked through the door. Lo and behold, it was just as he had heard: there were hundreds upon hundreds of dogs just like him: same size, colour, etc. But there was a difference in the demeanour of these dogs. They looked menacing and unfriendly. When he saw the thousand unfriendly looking dogs staring back at him, he growled at them and was horrified to see a thousand mean little dogs growling back at him. Immediately he turned around and as he left, he thought to himself, “This is a horrible place, I will never, ever come back here again.” He left just as angrily as he had come. Beloved, there’s a lesson here for all of us.
This is what I mean. All the ugly faces in the mirrors were his, just as the happy faces in the mirrors were those of the first little dog. And to make an application to us, wherever we turn, there are mirrors: whether at home, at work, at play, at school, or in the marketplace. What am I saying? All the faces in the world, young or old, male or female, African, Caucasian, Indo-Sino are mirrors. What kind of reflection do we see in the faces of the people we live with? Work with? Go to school with? Meet? And what kind of face do they see in you and me? I admit, some of the mirrors that we look into could be cracked so no matter how happy a face you share, you are going to see a horrible reflection. Just remember and note then that on such occasions you looked into a fragmented mirror. And if so, quit staring into that cracked mirror and look for a wholesome mirror otherwise, you could yourself become a broken mirror.
Proposed prayer: “Heavenly Father, thank You for the reminder that You are counting on me to be a reflection of Jesus Christ wherever I go. Whoever I meet today, please help me to be just like Christ and whenever the opportunity arises, help me to point others to Your Word which is the ultimate mirror we need to look in for a true and accurate reflection of myself. Dear Father, whatever I do or say, please let those around me see Jesus in me in all that I listen to; all that I am; all that say, and all that I do. Whichever way I cut it, please let it be such that my neighbours will ask about the joy that characterizes my life and in so doing, that I am able to share You with them. Thank You for hearing and answering my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Beloved, have a very wonderful and blessed work/school week.