© jb katke
Each day I see my image in the mirror and I seldom like what I see.
Working with what I have is a challenge. After I have done the best I can, I still look like me. Or not.
Our image actually goes deeper than what is visible on the outside. Deeper than our DNA even. Our feelings stem from the beginning of time. I say that with confidence because God said so. Reading in his first book, everything he created was “good.”
People are made in God’s image. Look with me at mankind as a whole.
We laugh, get angry, shed tears, feel sorrow, mourn, love, hate, experience times of both energy and fatigue, get impatient, and last but not least, passionate. I have experienced every one of these feelings. Have you?
Each of those expressions come direct from our Creator. The Good Book proves it.
Check out what Nehemiah 12:43 mentions, “…the sound of rejoicing could be heard far away.” Hmm…that sounds like laughter to me.
What about anger? Numbers 32:10 says, “The Lord’s anger was aroused that day and he swore this oath…” I will let you research that.
Jesus, God’s son shed tears, “Jesus wept,” is found in John 11:35.
Sorrow and mourning. ”The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth and his heart was filled with pain,” says Genesis 6: 6. Wow, I better shape up!
He wrote the book on love. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life.”
Hate too? Proverbs 6:16- 19 tells us God hates seven things. I’ll let you look that up on your own.
Energetic. Jesus drove the money-changers out of the house of worship. Read how in John 2:15.
Fatigue. Jesus had a quiet spot to recharge himself at the Mount of Olives, according to Luke 22:39.
Impatience, can ya believe it? Take a look at Mark 8:12, Jesus sighs!
Passionate to his cause. Acts 2:3-4 tell what the Holy Spirit did to ordinary men.
Feelings are legitimate, but also short-lived. They change. Except what God has created in you. That soul, that lives forever and reflects the Guy who made you. He considers you good because you’re a reflection of him. Your image in the mirror needs to hear that.
Perfection is impossible on planet earth, but with God’s help your life can show others what he is like.