JANUARY 25

Through a Glass, Darkly

Once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
 
James 1:24 

"I'm writing this letter to tell you about someone I used to know."

In her letter, the woman described a man she greatly admired as she grew up. She had worked as a babysitter for this man's three sons. She was treated like a member of the family, often going with them on trips and vacations. This husband and father became her model of the type of man she wanted to marry. "During college, I dreamed of meeting and falling in love with someone like him—smart, generous, fun to be with, committed to helping others, a true godly man. By some miracle, God gave me just what I was looking for."

Now she was dismayed, because this man she had admired was about to walk away from his marriage and his children. "I'm trying to figure out what happened to this person I used to know," she wrote. "I can only hope he realizes that he's about to make the biggest mistake of his life." As you might guess, she sent this letter to the man she was describing. But it didn't work. He left his family and married another woman, and only while he was on his honeymoon did he stop to reflect on what he had done. And he wept as he realized what had become of this man that had once been so influential in a young girl's life.

Sometimes we lose our way. We forget who we really are. And thank God, He inspires some of the people around us to hold up a mirror and let us see who we've become.

If or when this ever happens to you, promise you'll look carefully at the reflection they offer. It might just save your life.

DISCUSS
What can keep us from stepping into the lives of those we love and speaking the truth to them? Is God leading you to hold up a mirror to someone you care about?

PRAY
Pray for the courage to speak the truth in love, while at the same time having the humility to embrace the truth about yourself.

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