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The Mirror of the Mind

scalesSome of us are very good at math, good with numbers. Too good, I think. We use a mental set of measurements and scales for everything. In every social setting, in every personal project, in every conversation or meeting, we pull out our measuring tools.

And we always come up short.

Not good enough. Not smart enough. Not pretty enough. Not conversant enough. Not efficient enough. Throughout the day, we keep measuring, weighing, and at the end of the day, we add it all up. Our sum total.

And it’s never enough.

We fall far short of everything we want to do and be. When all the while, we’re using the wrong set of scales. Someone has slipped in and messed with our mental measuring tools, so that everything we try to weigh up always turns out wrong. We look around and see what society considers beautiful, or successful, or happy. When we adopt those false standards, it’s no wonder that at the end of the day, we’re no closer in our pursuit of happiness than we were the day before. Or the day before that.

There is another scale though. It’s unit of measurement I think we rarely use. Perhaps we’re afraid to use it. Maybe because, like the average woman standing on a weighing scale, we’ve got to strip down to step on the scale.

And that’s scary.

When we take off the coverings, we feel exposed. Vulnerable. And all we see are the blemishes, the parts of ourselves and our nature that we don’t like. But the way the scale reads is this:

You on one side, with everything you don’t like about yourself — faults and fears, mistakes and mess-ups — magnified in the mirror of your mind.

Jesus on the other side, with everything perfect and good — forgiveness and friendship, grace and guidance, light and love — which he offers freely to everyone.

It balances perfectly. Because you are more than what you see and know and feel and fear. You are loved. You are forgiven. You are beautiful.

Lose your set of measurements.

And take on His.

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To whisper a prayer in the wind

And know

It will be heard

 

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To dream of wondrous things

And know one day

They will come true

 

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To follow a path in the dark

And know

Where I am going

 

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To be told I am more

Than what I see

And know

 

More …

More than my choices

More than my mistakes

More than my regrets

More than all I’ve done

Or haven’t done

 

More than all these

I know

For I am His

You Are More

 

There’s a girl in the corner
With tear stains on her eyes
From the places she’s wandered
And the shame she can’t hide

She says, “How did I get here?
I’m not who I once was.
And I’m crippled by the fear
That I’ve fallen too far to love”

But don’t you know who you are,
What’s been done for you?
Yeah don’t you know who you are?

You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.

Well she tries to believe it
That she’s been given new life
But she can’t shake the feeling
That it’s not true tonight

She knows all the answers
And she’s rehearsed all the lines
And so she’ll try to do better
But then she’s too weak to try

But don’t you know who you are?
You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.

‘Cause this is not about what you’ve done,
But what’s been done for you.
This is not about where you’ve been,
But where your brokenness brings you to

This is not about what you feel,
But what He felt to forgive you,
And what He felt to make you loved.

You are more than the choices that you’ve made,
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes,
You are more than the problems you create,
You’ve been remade.