Mirror Mirror on the Wall

by Kristie Winkler

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall….

Do you know the rest of the question asked in Snow White? 

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

I’ve asked that question before.

Well, not that exact question but questions about my beauty, my value, my worth, and my identity.

I need not look too far; magazines, movies, music videos – to see the message that my appearance defines me. Look a certain way and people will like me is the message that sets up the chase, an elusive game of cat and mouse, seeking to be more than me. And after all these messages it is easy to feel less than, easy to feel not enough.

We live in an image-saturated culture from Snapchat photos, the number of Facebook likes we get, to the quantity of Instagram followers we have collected. We want to be noticed and to be approved of.

Our world has us upside down, mixed up, and messed up. My value and worth is not found by what’s on the outside but rather, the inside. We are created in the image of God.  Just like families bear the genetic resemblances, we bear the image of God and are created in His likeness. My value and worth come not from my beauty, brains, achievements, or accolades. For without any of these, I matter and so does each person because of Him. He created us and delights in us. He knows the very number of hairs on our head.

In our culture, it is easy to lose sight of the truth that my value and worth come from the inside not the outside. This truth, though, changes not whether it is recognized or overlooked. Once people believed the earth was flat. This popular belief didn’t alter the reality known today that the earth is indeed round. One’s value and worth is not changed by popular culture or its messages.

After each day of creation, God looked at His creation and said, “it is good.” After creating man, He looked and said, “it is very good.” (Genesis 1:31). If this is said by the Creator of the Universe, may I not look into a mirror and speak contrary.

So the next time you’re looking in the mirror and are tempted to let it define you, remember the mirror only reflects what is on the outside, the outer shell that houses the beauty inside.

Mike Kocik