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She Seeks - Week of September 27

  • 2010 Sep 27
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{i heart the skinny mirror}

an inspirational entry on finding focus

You all know what I'm talking about whether or not you have ever named them: the skinny mirror, and the not so skinny mirror. Some clothing retailers get this small dressing room nuance completely right. Some just do not. With a certain tilt of the mirrored glass and the precise angle of the lighting fixture, a shopping experience can be glorious or disastrous.

On a regular trip to my favorite store with a friend, I encountered the not so skinny mirror. Those darling jeans clung to the wrong curves. That chic tank top did nothing for my figure. The bathing suit was beyond description. Within a matter of minutes the thrill of the bargain buy accelerated into a tailspin of self-critique. My mind was consumed with how I looked as I allowed the not so skinny mirror to determine my mood for the rest of the afternoon.

But before I infected my shopping partner with my self-pity, I felt the Lord say in my heart something I have not forgotten since this whole run in with that ill-fated mirror.

Sarah, your beauty and worth are not determined by what you see in a mirror. Take your focus off of yourself and find focus on Me.

Find focus on Him. A sense of relief came over me as I inhaled and exhaled those words.

These four words have become my battle cry when I face both the not so skinny mirror and the skinny mirror. Anytime I am more consumed with myself than I am with God, I focus on everything that is wrong in my life. {Hence the episode mentioned above!} On the flip side, anytime that I am more consumed with God than myself, I am better equipped to walk out of that dressing room with the understanding that I am ok. I recount the ways that He thinks I am beautiful; reminded that I am His creation and He finds me special.

So, I find focus on Him and I get over myself. It's a simple yet complicated truth, but one worth playing over and over in my mind. Maybe one day, God won't have to give me the pep talk as I step before the not so skinny mirror. But for now, I will go on facing it with His truth in my heart.

Resources...

Colossians 3:1-3
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

The Bible

The Woman I Am Becoming by T. Suzanne Eller

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Sarah Martin's latest love is a great CIA thriller which will never replace her past love of the t.v. show, 24. She often attempts to duplicate the adrenaline rush from watching exciting movies in her own shopping adventures as she negotiates with the bad guy - the not so skinny mirror. Check out her personal website - LIVE IT OUT! www.liveitoutblog.com

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