When I have my students draw self portraits, they will often default to a simplified human face. Even though they have lived with their own face their entire life...they don't seem to truly "know" it enough to translate it into a drawing. It is very interesting because it happens at different schools, in multiple grade levels, and with children from diverse cultural backgrounds.With a basic set of instructions in how to draw faces, students will create very similar portraits. However, once students are given mirrors...their work begins to develop characteristics that are unique. Their portraits truly start to resemble them. It is amazing when we are faced with ourselves...how things can change!
What happens when we find ourselves out of the habit of reading God's Word, spending time in prayer, finding opportunities to serve God, praising God for his many blessings, and being in fellowship with other believers? These things are a mirror in our relationship with God. If we are not face to face with those things God desires for our lives....we are face to face with the world. We begin to look like, act like, talk like, and think like the world. We need to reflect on the things of God in order to continue to grow, renew our mind, and carry out the things he has for us. When we look deeply into those things, we will not only see God clearer, but we will see ourselves clearer.