Saturday, October 12, 2013

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall...

As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority. I don't even trust my own judgment on this point. My conscience is clear, but that doesn't prove I'm right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide. 1 Cor. 4:3-4

One of these photos is upside-down.

Which one is it?

This post is interactive...

Grab a felt-tip or whiteboard marker, and use it like a ruler to measure the distance from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head (don't poke yourself in the eye).

You may have found that the distance from the bottom of your chin to the top of your head may be one-and-a half marker-lengths, plus or minus.

Now, go to the mirror you use each day to put on your make-up or to shave.

Stand at the same distance you do every day and look at your reflection.

Take the marker and draw a horizontal line on the mirror where the bottom of your chin is.

Now draw a horizontal line where the top of your head is on the mirror.

Measure that distance between your chin and the top of your head that you marked on the mirror with your marker.

Amazing, huh? You just found out that your image in the mirror is about half the length of the actual length of your head. You have also learned that the left-side of your brain can make you see what it, or you, wants to see. Your brain told you you were seeing an exact image of yourself in the mirror. Actually, you were scaled back; the mirror reduced you by one-half.

The Apostle Paul didn't trust himself to see himself as he really was. He knew the power of the human ego to see what it wants to see. Paul reminds us of something we all know--someone can take information about you and manipulate it. You know what I mean--there are people who, due to limited information and observation of us, think us much more saintly than we actually are. There are others, who selectively take information about someone and demonize them.

Paul was pretty "straight-up" when it came to his own self-evaluation. He knew that he was unable--with perfect objectivity--to evaluate his own conduct. He also knew that nobody else was either. What did Paul do? He kept his conscience clear through regular confession of his failures, and by giving glory to God for his successes. In the end, he left the final evaluation in the Lord's hands.

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