As I stand looking in the mirror, glaring at a face that is so familiar to me, one I’ve seen a million times, I begin to pick myself apart.
This is a common thing for me, to stand before my own reflection and sift out all my imperfections.
Then something catches my eye and I turn to the corner of the brown framed mirror that hangs over my sink.
There I glance an image that I taped up just yesterday.
A reminder printed out on a small square piece of cardstock, so that every morning I can be reminded that I have more to give the world than how I look.
That my worth is not defined in the physical.
This note simply reads “Lord, what is my assignment today?”
Everything suddenly shifts and my perspective changes.
I have placed these words right where I know I will stand each morning and grumble about my shortcomings.
I am reminded that the Lord has a plan for me and it goes far beyond what I look like.
The Lord created me and I am his beautiful daughter.
He cherishes me and doesn’t see me as having flaws but as being human.
He didn’t create me to be perfect in body or perfect in any sense.
However, He did create me to fulfill a purpose.
To go out into the world and do good and be a light to others.
Everyday He gives me another chance and a whole lot of forgiveness and everyday he gives me his never-ending grace.
It is time I give myself the same.
I am already perfect exactly as I am because I am made in His image.
When I glance back to the recognizable reflection in the mirror, I know for sure that my assignment today is to love myself and to trust Him and to truly know that I am more than my appearance.
Now I challenge you to also ask “Lord, what is my assignment today?” and then turn away from looking outward and instead look within to find the answer.
It is there, just waiting to be discovered.