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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall . . .

What do you see when you look in the mirror? Well, for me it depends on the time of day . . . you know, first thing in the morning or after I have made an attempt at the hair, pulled out my “face in a case” and spread it on and brushed my teeth. O.K. there is really not that much difference from first thing in the morning! Sad, but true.

What do you see when you look into the mirror of your soul? Is there deep-seeded pain, unforgiveness, self-pity, hate, envy, jealousy, greed or self-centeredness? Or do you see peace, joy, love, mercy, grace and the reflection of Jesus? If you are not sure which one you see, why not? Ask yourself the hard questions. Seek out true and honest answers. From my experience, the hardest part of seeking answers is taking action. Doing the right and the best thing is not always the easiest thing to do. As a matter of fact, most of the time it is the hardest thing to do.

If there is bitterness and hatred harbored in one’s heart it is a cancer that, if left untreated, will grow and eventually consume the person. People that hang onto such feelings are miserable, and it shows, whether or not they think it does.

Getting rid of emotional cancer is not easy. No, but it is possible and it requires work on the person needing to rid him or herself of it. It is very frustrating to see physically sick people losing battles. Yet, I am amazed at their courage to continue on to win each and every battle. It is frustrating, too, to see emotionally or spiritually sick people struggle and attempt to hang on to hurts that cause deep pain.

God has given us much power with our “free will.” Only He can change our hearts and minds, but we must first give our minds and hearts over to Him to allow Him that opportunity for a healthy change. Self-pity is a very lonely place to be. If what you see when you look in the mirror of your soul is loneliness, then bring out your “face in a case” and paint on a smile. Let it soak into the depths of your soul. The Holy Spirit will not dwell in a heart filled with discord. Empty yourself of ALL negativity and welcome the Holy Spirit of God to come and make His home in you!

Father, so many struggle with the darkness of depression and the downward pull it has on a soul. I know this from my own experience. God, I pray that those who find themselves in this situation will keep looking up to You. Help them, please, to find the peace and joy that comes from You. Your peace, comfort, and joy given with the most abundant love are all we need. Thank you for that. You are all we need. Keep us close, Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Connecting in Christ,
Carrie Gunning

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