Who is That?!
I went on a Facebook video binge a while ago watching kittens bully dogs that are literally 40 times their height and weight. It was around the eleven o’clock hour that I came across a video of kittens and puppies that did not understand their reflection in the mirror. Their reactions were either: too scared of their reflection because they thought it was another little cat or dog that is in their territory, run away out of fear, or run full force at the mirror to attack their own reflection.
It made me wonder if they ever thought they would see themselves or just look at the other kittens and puppies and believed that is what I look like...we are the same because we are the same size, we play and eat together. Therefore it only makes sense to say, “who my brother or sister is...is who I am”.
I know I have a lot of words to the thoughts of kittens and puppies...but I do have to ask, have you ever thought like that? Have you ever thought, because I started out with my brother or sister (naturally or spiritual - at church) and we are growing up in our family, if they do this, then I will do that too because we are the same. I mean we really have to be because we are “cut from the same cloth”, “we are eating the same food” or “we come from the same house”(can be taken naturally and/or spiritually). We are growing strong in our relationships because we are experiencing some of the same heavy situations and hard things together! We will literally start to take on our brother’s and sister’s mindsets because it’s easy and we simply don’t have to think for ourselves. We will react the same. Why? Because they can do it for us. The level of security and protection that we feel is pathos of our going above and beyond for them...and we will not stop until we die a death that can be written of legends or cowards (depending on which side you look at it).
We can do this and more until…
We look in the mirror and see our own reflection….and we surprisingly ask:
Who is that? Who are you??
Why are you doing what I’m doing? Can you move, please?
Have you ever read the bible, heard a sermon, had a great conversation with your leadership or (spiritual) parents and you really start to look at how much YOU have grown. There will be times where you don’t even recognize the person in the mirror. It’s not like you did not listen to the words given and not applied it but you did! And the Word has no choice but to grow us up. There are times this will happen without us really noticing it and boom there it is. But the times we don’t realize it and we finally do! We will look in the mirror just as those kittens and puppies and attack the growth that has occurred in our hearts and mind because it is foreign to us. It’s not our normal way of doing this or that!
How do we attack our reflections? I’m glad you asked! We will subject ourselves to self-sabotage in our relationships with those who are closest to us. Instead of going to the crowds that we have been delivered from we will go back to that mindset and bring that atmosphere into the new wineskin of friends that we prayed for. We will tear it up ourselves. Or we would all of a sudden go back to being the procrastinator that we once were to feel the great “rush” of getting things done at the last minute. Or we will not allow ourselves to remain responsible in our prayers and consecration and take advantage of the grace and mercy extended to us every morning by our Heavenly Father.
In James 1:23-25, it says “Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”
There are times when the mirror will testify of the depths and layers of freedom that we have obtained by our own applying of the word and truly trusting the Lord with all of our hearts, soul, mind, and strength! We may start out with our brothers and sisters but we will eventually have to take the Lord at His word for ourselves and say “I’m free indeed...In Christ, I’m free indeed...no chains are holding me…It’s who I choose to be.”
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To be continued