When was the last time that you looked into the mirror and did not like what you see?
Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep last night, or your eyeliner wasn’t as even as you thought it was… or maybe you found your first gray hair?
We all have moments where we look at ourselves and don’t necessarily like what’s looking back at us.
I have really gotten into the habit lately to sit and reflect on my life.
A couple months ago, someone challenged me to take about five every morning to look at my life currently and then imagine where I want to see myself in the future. This challenge has really pushed me in my life and walk of faith. I have realized that
There are some areas of my life that are pretty ugly.
And I’m not talking about the days when I wake up and decide to throw my hair on top of my head, not do my makeup, and wear a pair of sweats.
I’m talking about the areas of my life where I see myself not as a reflection of Jesus.
I’m talking about the times when I’m selfish and I choose laying on my couch and unwinding from the day by watching Netflix over hanging out with my teens that I mentor from church.
I’m talking about sleeping in on Sunday mornings than going to the worship services at my church and praising our Heavenly Father for all the blessings that He has given me in my life.
I’m talking about the complaints and attitudes given to older family members because I honestly didn’t want to wash dishes that weren’t mine or take out the trash because I haven’t been home in four months because I just wanted to relax and enjoy the company.
And I’m also talking about the times when I have felt like I had to always have the last word in an argument to get my point across- whether I was right or wrong- instead of being mature and walking the other way, agreeing to disagree.
I believe that we are in a time that constantly pressures specifically adolescents, college students, and young adults that we have to be more and nothing is ever good enough. This is a time that blinds us that we have to put others down around us and choose ourselves above anyone else in order to rise up and fulfill our dreams.
That is a lie.
This generation has been so blinded by the world of success and fame that many of us have no idea what it means to be happy, content, or fulfilled.
And on top of that, many do reach their “success goals” but they are STILL empty and hollow.
Because they are choosing success, fame, money, achievements, awards, and titles over their actually worth.
People have become selfish, competitive, and satisfied. They are idolizing their jobs and achievements, and yet…
They are still not happy.
We all need to take a step back and reflect on the one that gave us these opportunities in the first place. We need to be humble and thankful for the privileges and blessings that we have been given because they can be taken away at any moment- people, money, jobs, etc.
They are all gifts and shouldn’t be taken for granted and most of us are very guilty of it.
The next time we go pointing fingers at someone else’s faults, let’s take a step back and reflect on our own.
We are not perfect.
Everyone is far from it.
However, it’s the effort that we actually put into ourselves to try and do better that makes a difference.
It’s a very simple choice. You can think about it for as long as you want.
For me though, I wake up each morning and tell myself that I’m going to start with me.
I want people in this world to show more love, but I’m going to start with me towards my family and friends
I want people to give more to missions and to give back into the communities, but I’m going to start with me and give what I can and my time to those around me.
I want people to stop their bickering and fighting over things that shouldn’t be made a big deal over, but I’m going to start with me and apologize to those whom I have hurt and forgive those that have hurt me.
I don’t know about anyone else, but in order for me to make a difference in this world…
I need to start with me.
Maybe you should too.
Start with you.