Thursday Night’s Night Cap


Welcome back to Thursday Night’s NightCap!

Tonight I thought I’d leave you with a favorite of mine! I am sure you’ve all heard Michael Jackson’s hit that touched many with its lyrics and rhythm, “The Man in The Mirror”.  I can’t sit still when I listen to this song but more importantly I love the lyrics. Yes, this song became a hit in 1987 and I am still singing it like I just heard it for the first time today!

Listening to this song prompted me to think about how easy it can be to get tripped up in life when we really desire to do what is right. It doesn’t take much to bring out selfishness, greed, and a victimized spirit.

Well, guess what, God’s Word speaks of this very thing in James 1:24 & 25. He, more than anyone wanted to remind us of how easy it is to forget who we are and what we were created to do while on this earth.

We all know a reflection of oneself in the mirror is only the outward appearance, and not what is on the inside. Many things are hidden on the inside where no one can see. But God sees all. He knows us and loves us. We are his creation and He created us with great potential, strength and a spirit powerful enough to make a difference in this world.

The analogy of the mirror and reflection is to remind us of how easy it is to forget who we really are when we are not looking at ourselves, examining our lives, our motives and where we are going. I can’t help but wonder if Michael Jackson was thinking about this very thing when he wrote this song. I want to believe he knew the verse in James too.

Most importantly is that we are God’s creation and he sees the good in us and does not want us to forget who we are, and how he created us for great things. He desires to manifest himself in our lives. However, the change starts with us. It’s our decision as to whether we will make that change, trust God and work to make a difference in this world.

As we drift off to sleep tonight may we be mindful of the words in James, “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.” James 1:34 & 25

Make that change!


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