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Mirrors in Ordinary Life

    Posted by Beth Issler on April 27, 2009

In our everyday lives we have many choices concerning which mirrors of our soul occupy our attention. Many of the mirrors into which we choose to look are like the one in Snow White – where the aging vain queen asks daily, "Mirror, mirror on the wall; who’s the fairest of them all?"

We may ask other questions such as:

"Who’s the most accomplished?"

"Who’s the smartest?"

"Who’s the most popular?"

"Who’s the strongest?"

but are we essentially giving the health of our souls to these cultural mirrors?

If we gaze into these mirrors regularly we soon see that all of our life is about working out what we want these mirrors to say. But our Creator and maker of our souls knows what kind of mirrors will bring us life and health and peace, and these are the ones in which he encourages us to gaze.

All words and thoughts and images that come our way could have impact on our spiritual formation, but the Bible is unique because it is the only writing which claims to have the power of God so directly behind it. Therefore, the Bible is where He wants us to go as primary mirror for our souls (for the inward & outward journey).

"For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account." Heb. 4:12-13

Exposing ourselves to the Word of God is to expose ourselves to God himself.

Issler and Moreland say the following from their In Search of a Confident Faith (see page 182):

"The Bible is far more than a treasure trove of doctrinal truths. To view it [only] as a catalog of God’s utterances would be to mistake its character. It is primarily a communication of God – communication in the literal sense: God himself communes with us. He wants us to experience communion with him."

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Dr. Klaus Issler