Summary: Beloved, Have you ever looked in the mirror and the reflection told you what you didn’t want to see? You know you might be feeling one way but when you look at yourself in the mirror the reflection reproduces something totally different.

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You know,

in the last 2 to 3 years,

I noticed two pretty important ways

the world has changed.

Now frankly,

I don’t know whether it’s

because of global warming

or the lack of gun control

or the Obama administration.

All I know is that these two issues,

at least to me,

are far more important

than what’s happening in Syria

or the upcoming season of

“The Haves and the Have Nots.”

I’m talking about, first,

how, for reasons I don’t understand,

my clothes have started to shrink,

just hanging in the closet.

And I know its happening

because they all feel tighter

than they used too.


that’s a problem,

and second,

I’ve noticed that mirrors

just don’t reflect the truth anymore.

I mean,

my Lord,

I shave every morning,

and I’ve done that for the last 37 years.

But now,

the face I see in the mirror,

I’m telling you, it’s not mine!!!

No sir!!!

It’s a guy who has a fat face,

who’s hair has thinned,

and the youthful look as disappeared.

You see,

what I’m talking about?

That’s not me, right?

I’m telling you,

instead of throwing

all kinds of money

at climate change

and alternative sources of energy,


we should be trying to figure out

the mystery of shrinking pants

and faulty mirrors.


Well of course,

I’m not an idiot.

I recognize that this really

isn’t any mystery at all.

The size of my clothes aren’t changing;

I know it’s the size of my waistline.

And there’s nothing wrong

or different with the mirror

in my downstairs basement bathroom.

It’s just that I’m not doing cartwheels

over the face that’s looking back at me.


my reflection isn’t the way it was,

something that I guess

comes from not dying younger,

and all things considered,

that’s a whole lot worse

than some too tight pants

and forehead cresses.

Still Beloved,

I can’t honestly say

that the face in the mirror

makes me particularly happy,

especially when I think about

the whole picture,

including some of the stuff

that lurks beneath the surface.



You see Beloved,

when what I see is less than good,

that’s normally how I feel.

But you know,

I don’t think I’m alone in that.

I mean,

wouldn’t y’all agree that

when we see ourselves

in a negative way,

it sure effects how we feel,

and I’m talking about how we feel

about ourselves and how

we feel about our lives,

even how we might feel

about our faith

and relationship with God?

In fact,

I think that’s probably true

of everybody,

Christian or not;

when our vision is negative,

so are our feelings.

And I’ll tell you,

it’s not all that hard to see

some things that are less than pleasing

when we stare into the mirror

and observe all the flaws

that are reflected back.

I mean,

even if we can say

that we earned every line

and every wrinkle and every grey hair,

seeing them reflected back to us,


they’re all reminders

that we’re not spring chickens anymore

and that ain’t great.

And that’s just the surface.

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