When I was a teenager, I had an after-school job working in a little optical shop. Mirrors were literally on every wall displaying hundreds of glasses. I used a lot of Windex in those few years with all the cleaning I did. Oddly enough, after college I worked as an optician fitting people with glasses. Mirrors were literally on every wall. And when you’re surrounded with mirrors, it’s nearly impossible to not sneak in a few sideways glances from time to time.
As girls, we can have a preoccupation with mirrors. Well, really it goes deeper than that. Our eyes are connected to our heart and our heart is connected to our head. Where our eyes go, our thoughts (and our heart…emotions…desires) will inevitably follow.
Proverbs 4:25 says, “Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.”
When our eyes are focused forward – on the Lord and who we are in Him – rather than glancing sideways, our thoughts cannot collect evidence. The false evidence that you’re not good enough…that you’re better than everyone else…that so-and-so may not like you…that some guy might like you…that you don’t have what they have…all these evidences lead to a mind stayed on YOU and not on Christ.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Beware of those sideways glances. They tend to bring insecurity, discontentment, and unrest to your life. Instead, look straight ahead! Look at your Savior, claim His promises, and experience true joy and peace that only God can give.
Jackie had the privilege of being raised in a pastor’s home where she was personally mentored by her mother. She has a passion for teaching and encouraging young ladies throughout their teenage years.
She and her husband, Chris, serve the Lord together at LVBC and currently have four children, Robby, Lauren, Daniel and Matthew.