A few years back we had our family portrait taken professionally. After the shoot, we were taken to a computer screen where we viewed the pictures. Upon viewing them, I was aghast at the sight and wondered who the fat, old, bald man was in the picture with my wife and daughters. Even though I see myself in the mirror every day, something must happen in my brain where I just didn’t notice how the years had changed me. The camera didn’t lie it could only give a reflection of what it saw. It reminds me of the reflecting pond in Washington, DC and a verse of Scripture.
“As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man.” — Proverbs 27:19
When I look into a clear pool of water, I get a good reflection of what I really look like on the outside. However, that reflection says nothing about my inner man, and I can seek to hide that part of my life, but it eventually is made known. Here is a strange bit of truth. That reflection can be seen in other people.
“Our hearts are usually revealed by those we associate with and by those we criticize.” — Anonymous
It has been said that the sins we spot, criticize, and condemn in others are often the very sins we struggle with the most. So does that mean if I can spot someone who struggles with pride a mile away, that it may be because I struggle with pride? Interesting thought. Now let’s use that to our advantage, not to spot the faults in others, but to find them in ourselves and correct them.