Monday, September 11, 2017

The Man in the Mirror

"Real transformation requires real honesty. If you want to move forward get real with yourself!" ~ Bryant McGill

This morning, as I was preparing for church, I had a conversation that was extremely difficult to have. The reason it was so challenging was because the subject matter was about me. As you can imagine, the spotlight of discussion clearly focused its piercing rays of disinfecting sunshine on "my areas of improvement" and I didn't like it one bit. First, I don't like to be wrong and second, it means I have to step outside of my comfort zone and do something about it, which is almost never easy to do.

At first, I was embarrassed that my weaknesses were so clearly displayed for all to see, but as I had time to reflect on the situation, I realized that these problem areas are really opportunities for growth. Was I surprised by the "revelation?" Absolutely not! In fact, I've known for a long time that these foibles were deficiencies in my habits, but didn't think it affected anyone but me. However, much to my chagrin, I learned that my issues were not secrets at all, but were widely affecting others and causing more problems than I was willing to admit.

It was in this realization that I was forced to look at myself and make a decision about what I was going to do next. I could no longer walk around ignoring the obvious because others were keenly aware of my errors. Ultimately, I had to either face my fears and experience temporary discomfort or I could allow my shortcomings to destroy everything I've built. Of course, I'd choose the former over the latter any day.

As I reflect on it all, I find a new appreciation for the honesty of people close to me. No, it wasn't easy or even enjoyable, but I believe it was necessary for my growth and for the improvement of those I love.

It is in moments like this that I believe God sends people and situations into our lives whose sole purpose is to challenge us. It was as if he placed a huge mirror in front of me and then forced me to look. No, I didn't like it, but it is what I needed.

So, as you prepare for this day, consider embracing your tough moments and repeating situations as nothing more than a gift from God. While it may require that you to take a serious look at yourself, to change how you respond to things, work hard at something you've never done before, get comfortable being uncomfortable, or do something that you really don't want to do, understand that this journey has the potential to lead you to something much greater and more fulfilling that you could ever imagine.

Remember these words:

"You are braver than you believe. Stronger than you seem. Smarter than you think. And loved more than you'll ever know." ~ A.A. Mine

Make today a great one!

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