“Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!”


In the fairy tale of Snow White, there once was a beautiful queen who would daily ask her magic mirror, “Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?” Day after day, the mirror would respond, “Thou, oh Queen, art the fairest of all!” This pleased the queen greatly, as she knew that her magical mirror could speak nothing but the truth. But one morning, when the queen asked the mirror her daily question, she was shocked when the mirror answered, “You, my Queen, are fair; it is true. But Snow White is even fairer than you.” Anger and jealousy filled the queen’s heart as the comparison of herself to another left her feeling as though she didn’t quite measure up to the beauty of Snow White. 

This story transpires in the lives of countless women every day. The media portrays the package of a woman as flawless and perfect. Value is placed on a woman’s size and shape, instead of the condition of her heart. Ultimately, the media’s voice has the power to shape the development of our self-image, and if allowed, can be incredibly strong. When this occurs, we find ourselves looking into our own mirrors, and we see a reflection that seems to lack.

Self-image is the package we assign to ourselves; this package is delivered to us by what we have been told, as well as by what we have told ourselves. In essence, our self-image has been influenced by what we have come to believe. We are not to filter God’s Word through our own belief system; our belief system has flaws. Rather, living through God’s Word and embracing it as our truth becomes our daily responsibility. When we finally grasp who we are, we no longer yearn for society’s counterfeit. Our self-esteem is not based on how much others value us, but instead on how much we value ourselves!

When we accept Christ into our lives, we begin the lifelong process of becoming transformed. If we were created in the “image and likeness of God,” when did we become the used, abused, not good enough, not pretty enough, too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short version of the King’s daughter? “The king’s daughter is all glorious within; her clothing is of wrought gold” (Psalm 45:13 KJV). The transformation we are to experience is not to become someone we have never been; it is to return to how we were formed at the beginning of time.

Daughter of the King, what do you see when you look into the mirror? Are you inspired or depressed by your self-image? Is your self-image motivated by your career or accomplishments? When you look into the mirror, do you see a glorious daughter of the King? We must embrace the true portrait of ourselves. The only way to see our true reflection is through God’s heavenly mirror, which is the Word of God. The King is beckoning you, “Come forth, My daughter! Shine in Me!”

Look into the mirror today and start declaring what your King, your Maker says about you. You are beautiful, lovely, an overcomer, and a valuable gem in God’s kingdom!

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