My Reflection

I'm not sure if this post will make a ton of sense, but I hope it does. It's been on my heart a lot lately and when God tugs at something, I do my best to listen and respond. I hope this finds those of you who need it... 

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know that Gunner has recently found his reflection. One of his favorite things to do is sit or stand in front of a mirror. He talks, he smiles, he giggles, and sometimes, he just stares in awe of himself. Gunner LOVES himself, and I love that about him.

G's new found hobby got me thinking...what do we see, what do we think when we look at ourselves in the mirror? 

If you're anything like me, you probably do a lot of criticizing. If only I could lose those last 10 pounds of baby weight, if only my skin was clearer, if only my hair was thicker, if only my face was thinner...I'd venture to say I'm probably not the only female who does that. If I'm honest, and I try to keep this blog just that, I don't always love what I see in the mirror. I rarely went to smile or stare in awe of myself. 

Now, I'm not suggesting we become infatuated with ourselves to the point of narcissism, but I wish we could learn to see our reflection the way that God sees it. I feel like Gunner in his little baby brain sees things more clearly than we do. 

Genesis 9:5-7 reads -- 
"Because God made humans in his image reflecting God's very nature. You're here to bear fruit, reproduce, lavish life on the Earth, live bountifully!" 

We've all heard this verse. We are made in His image. And if you're like me, you've felt the guilt of the fact that when you criticize yourself, you're criticizing His work. But I like the way The Message version (shown above) says it...we are here to lavish life on this Earth, we are here to live bountifully. Can we do that when we're spending every minute wishing we were something different, something more? I want to lavish who He made me to be. I want to lavish the life He has given me.   

So today, I'm trying to see my reflection the way God sees it. Perfect? Heck no! But deserving of love and admiration? Yes. Because the God OF THE UNIVERSE made ME! And on "fat days" and "bad hair days," that is the greatest reminder of all.