Malcom S. Forbes, wealthy publisher of Forbes Magazine observed,

"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are."

"See how you are?" I had heard this question many times from my secretary. It always came with a musical lilt and a smile. When I heard it, I knew, yet again, that I had done something dumb. This was her way kidding me into realizing what a magnificent klutz I was. This is, after all, the most important job of a secretary.

Now take a look in the mirror. Take a good look. Try to see beyond the reflected image into the the heart and soul of the person you see reflected there. The image may change. It may stare back at you with a toothbrush protruding out of a foam bespectacled mouth, or it may smile back at you dressed and primped for an evening at the theater. However we see the changing images, it is the 'heart and soul' part that disturbs us most.

The only person who really knows what's going on inside of you is you! And, of course, God. He knows much better than you. As you look into the soul of the image in the mirror and your think about all the uncertainties, the fears, the apprehensions about your job, your relationships, your ablity to be the person you want to be and the frustration of falling short, you may suddenly become aware that God sees the same thing. Perhaps there are things there that you would prefer God didn't see.

Now close your eyes tightly, open them and take another look. Did you know that the reflection you see in the mirror is the Image of God, himself? You must remember, you were made in his image! So there he is, smiling, frowning or staring in disbelief -- back at you! Some theologians have a hard time with this. They like to think that we are made in the image of God only in that he is a Spirit and we ourselves, have a spirit. It is much more convenient this way. To think that God looks like that image staring back at us is . . . well? Nah! No way!

Let's pursue this a moment. When Jesus died and rose again, he appeared in a physical, human body. His post-resurrection body may have had some special properties, like appearing in a room of crowded men without having come through the door, but once he was there, he did not look like a ghost! He had a head, two feet, a torso, and arms. Remember, he asked Thomas to put his hand on the scar in his side and the scars in his hands. These were real, physical scars. Even further, he asked for and received food, and ate it there in front of them. Had there been a set of bathroom scales in that room, if he had stepped on them, they would have registered . . . what? 180lbs? He did this again when he fixed breakfast for all the remaining disciples by the sea of Galilee. And then over 500 people watched as this same, physical body ascended into the clouds to the right hand of his Father.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. -- Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)

However one wishes to define the Image of God, it is certain that the human image must be part of it. Our assorted foibles have more to do with what we do with that image than the endemic reality itself. See how you are?

-- PDM






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