REAL POWER: MAXING OUT ON GOD'S LOVE
MIRROR MIRROR ON THE
Once upon a time there was an evil
queen who had low self-esteem. Like many people who have a low
opinion of themselves, she overcompensated for it by becoming
extremely vain. She even had a magic mirror that told her how
beautiful she was. Even if she didn’t like herself for who she was,
at least she had a magic mirror that could prop up her faltering ego.
Every day she stood in front of the
mirror and said, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of
them all?” Every day the mirror replied, “You’re the fairest in the
land. You’re the one. You are the megababe of all megababes. You
look terrific. Your facelift was worth all the money you spent on
it. You project an image that is admired and loved by all. You’re
The mirror made the queen very
happy. Even if it was just a magic mirror, the queen needed as much
help as she could get, and her flagging self-esteem would rekindle
itself enough to make it through another day.
Unfortunately, one day the magic
mirror said the wrong thing, and her self-esteem crashed and burned.
It wasn’t a pretty sight. When the queen asked the mirror who was the
fairest in the land, the mirror replied, “Snow White.” The evil queen
was devastated to discover someone had displaced her from her number
one slot as the fairest in the land. The queen went berserk and
immediately started plotting against Snow White. Snow White must go
so that she could once again be the fairest in the land.
Eliminating Snow White tuned out to
be a bigger job than anticipated. In fact, it turned into the queen’s
worst nightmare. All of the diabolical drama and intrigue would have
been unnecessary if the queen had good self-esteem. If she liked
herself, she would not have needed the magic mirror to prop up her
DON’T TRUST MAGIC MIRRORS
It’s easy to point our finger at the
evil queen and see what a fool she was. It’s easy, until we stand in
front of our own magic mirror and say, “Mirror, mirror on the wall, am
I ok after all?”
We look into the mirror of our own
self-esteem and quickly discover we have a lot in common with the evil
queen. We need as much help as we can get to prop up our self-image.
It sure makes us feel better when the mirror tells us how great we
look. We look at our bank account, and if it’s overflowing with ready
cash, we feel good about ourselves. We look at our investment
portfolio and retirement plan, and our future looks bright. We surely
must be doing something right. We look at the expensive address where
we live and know the rest of the world thinks we have it made on easy
street. We look at our cars and expensive toys, and satisfaction
wells up within. We may not be the fairest in the land, but we have
done pretty well for ourselves.
The problem is that the mirror on the
wall just told you everything you are not. All of your real estate,
toys, good looks, and retirement plans are part of the problem. They
are helping you hide from yourself. If you listen to the mirror on
the wall, you will never have true self-esteem.
Who you are inside is what is
important. If you like who you are, if you have good self-esteem,
then everything the mirror tells you doesn’t matter.
Magic mirrors aren’t to be trusted.
If you trust your self-esteem to a magic mirror, you will never find
out who you are and never become all that God meant for you to be.
TRUE SELF-ESTEEM COMES FROM GOD
True self-esteem comes from God.
When you stand in front of God’s mirror, you don’t see yourself as you
are. You see yourself as God sees you, and you see how good your life
can become when you max out on his love. The reflection you see is
that of a child of God free from the mistakes and limitations of the
When you look into God’s mirror, you
hear these words: “You are my child in whom I am well pleased. I
love you and accept you the way you are, but I love you too much to
let you stay that way. I love you from the top of your head to the
tip of your toes, and it doesn’t get any better than that. There is
no limit to how good your life will become when your heart is full of
my love. It’s time for you to max out on my love.”
YOU ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
God created you in his own image, and
the fact that you were made in his image is sufficient reason to have
excellent self-esteem. When God finished creating man and surveyed
the results, He pronounced his creation good. He didn’t say the
creation was fair, or that it was more or less good with only a few
exceptions. He unequivocally, absolutely, and enthusiastically
declared that his creation was good. This applies to you and to
everyone else living on planet earth. There are no exceptions.
God’s final act of creation was
putting an eternal spirit inside our human body. God doesn’t have
flesh and bones like humans. God is a Spirit, and the only way we
could be made in his image was for God to put an eternal spirit into
our body, and that is exactly what He did. The only part of us
resembling God is our spirit. That spirit is who we are and it’s the
only part of us that matters. Our spirit is made in God’s image, and
forms the core of our self-esteem.
Our bodies resemble those of
chimpanzees, gorillas, crocodiles, and chipmunks. Our eyes tell us
what we see is what we are, and therein lies the problem. We look at
our bodies and our possessions and think they represent who we are,
when they actually represent who we are not. We are not our hair,
teeth, or toes. We are not our money or our possessions.
People who have a problem with their
self-esteem are confused about who they are. They keep score of how
well they are doing using a scorecard that is wrong. There is no way
to look on the outside and tell who you are on the inside. One reason
people lack self-esteem is because they feel who they are on the
outside is more important than who they are on the inside. The have
things backwards, and they are wrong.
If you believe that you are your
image, your possessions, your curly hair, your bald head, your
clothes, or your lifestyle, you are in big trouble. Your self-esteem
will take a beating as you experience the ups and downs of living in
the twenty-first century.
If your self-esteem rides the roller
coaster of an image-oriented lifestyle, you will have a miserable
life. When the stock market goes up, you will feel rich, and your
self-esteem will soar like a hawk. When you lose your job, your
self-esteem will crash and burn. When someone gives you a compliment,
your self-esteem will be on top of the world. If someone criticizes
you, your self-esteem will cringe and hide. Your self-esteem will
always suffer until you base it on who you are on the inside. If you
base it on what others think about you or how many toys you have
accumulated, your self-esteem will auger in.
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