With a crazy week ahead and a crazier week just ending I’m quickly taking sometime to review this past week and what I’ve been learning in my own life and from the lives of others. There really is just too many things to mention but there is one thing I would quickly like to look at.
In many ways I work in an HR department… everyday I am meeting with students, peers, college students, seniors and parents. Often I come out of those meetings inspired and excited to take on the day…but I must admit there are days when I question “Why do I do this again?”
Why is it that some people suck the life out of me? Why do I allow them to so easily get under my skin? I’ve come to a conclusion that I’m not to excited about. The people I struggle with are often a reflection of where I am at in my own life and they are willing to question me on areas I’d rather not divulge.
People we rub shoulders with on a daily basis are often mirrors or reflections of ourselves. There are people in our lives right now who are holding up a mirror and showing us some things about ourselves that we may not want to see but we really need to see.
What’s your first reaction to not liking what you see in the mirror? Some of us may choose to run, others may pick up a rock and smash the mirror in order to feel better about ourselves while destroying someone else in the process. I hate to be the bearer of bad news…but the truth is this: God put those people in our lives because He loves us too much and he wants us to stop running from the truth of who we really are.
The Bible says, “Iron sharpens iron; so a friend sharpens the countenance of his friend.” Some of my best friends were people who at one point I considered an enemy because they were willing to speak the truth and say things to me that others would only think about saying.
I love the movie “A Few Good Men’, especially the line Jack Nicholson uses while being questioned on the witness stand….”YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!” Have you ever thought about how you handle the hard truth about yourself. In Proverbs 9, God says, “Any bragger you correct will only hate you. But if you correct someone who has common sense, you will be loved. ”
We need to thank God on a daily basis for the people in our lives who act as mirrors in our lives. I’m tired our running from the mirrors and from the truth about who I’ve been created to be. The truth may be hard to face. It may require removing a mask you’ve been hiding behind for a long time, but it’s worth it. Why is it worth it? Because the truth, and only the truth can set you free.