You have looked deep into my heart, Lord, and you know all about me.
You know when I am resting or when I am working. You notice everything I do and everywhere I go.
Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say.
~ Psalm 139:1-4
If you look in a baby’s crib, you might see a shiny piece of tin attached to the side of the crib. The light that sparkles from it can get the baby’s attention and, when he gets a little bigger, he’ll smile at the reflection of his own face. As children grow, they like mirrors even more. They can see how pretty they look or learn to make funny faces at themselves. When do you use a mirror?
The main job of a mirror is to show us how we look. If we don’t like what we see, we can make some changes. If the mirror shows broccoli stuck between your teeth, you can brush your teeth or use a toothpick. Dad might see a few hairs on his chin that he missed while shaving, so he uses his shaver again and cuts them off.
Sometimes we don’t like what we see in the mirror. My nose is too big. My teeth are crooked. My hair is sticking out. At other times, we’re happy with our reflection. This new sweater looks good on me. My eyes are sparkling today. Freckles are so cool!
A mirror can only show what’s on the outside—the things that everyone else can see. But God sees what’s on the inside! Read the Bible verses above. God knows everywhere you go, everything you do and say, and everything you think. God sees it all: the outside and the inside, the good and the bad. How does that make you feel?
Here are some things you can do to keep the inside of you looking its best. Obey your parents and teachers. Watch good movies instead of bad ones. Listen in church and Sunday school. Say “I’m sorry” when you do something wrong. But the very best way to change what’s inside is to talk to God. “Jesus, help me to follow the rules. I want to be kind. Wash away the naughty things I do. Help me to always do my best.”
Whenever you look at yourself in a mirror, ask God to look at your heart at the same time. That way you’ll be looking good…on the outside and on the inside.