The Authentic You
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?
Have you given the mirror power to determine your self-worth?
Who or what is your mirror? Who or what holds the measuring stick that determines your self-worth? Is it a person? Or do you measure your worth based on your wealth, beauty, fame, body image, prestige, influence, service, works, success, friends, family, or accolades?
Fear hides authenticity. It creates a very convincing lie which says we must appear or act a certain way in order to experience love, happiness, acceptance, and approval. At its very depth, it mars the beauty and truth of who God created you to be. Whether we seek approval from people who don’t like us or receive it from those who believe in us…it is all meaningless.
It is not for man or society to decide our worth. Nor is it their responsibility to define our identity.
It is God’s.
We were created in God’s image, men and women both. He is our source. Our mirror. He is the giver of life.
1. Ask God to show you how He sees you. Listen to what He says and write it down so that you can read it every time the lie resurfaces.
2. If you are struggling with a specific person who judges you, write down what you know of your own issues and the issues of the person you are dealing with. Do they have an origin? Are the person’s judgments of you a reaction to their issue? Are your reactions to the person a reaction to your own issues?
3. In the midst of your issues, ask God to show you who He is and what He believes of you.
4. Stop using people and worldly standards as a mirror for your self-worth and instead look to God as your mirror.
When you finally see who you are in Christ, you will mirror God’s authenticity and truth to others. Your mirroring God gives others the freedom and permission to do the same. They will mirror back what they see in you.
*Special thanks to my Aunt Agnes for sharing her wisdom regarding this issue. 🙂