Have you ever been told to go and look at your face in the mirror only to discover that you have vegemite or tomato sauce smeared everywhere? When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we see all the beautiful things about ourselves, but sometimes we notice things that are wrong too (like the vegemite or a pimple starting to grow). Often it is important for us to notice these things so that we are able to do something about it.
When Jesus met people, it was often like he was showing them their life in a mirror. He was never nasty about pointing things out, but spoke with people in such a way that they wanted to change. Jesus wasn’t pointing out vegemite on their faces, though. It was more about how they lived their life. Maybe they were being greedy or selfish or judgmental. In the same way, when we hear the stories of Jesus, we can hold up a mirror to our own lives.
What is it that we could change to make us a better person? How could we love people more like God does?
See how light reflects in a mirror
Write a message on a piece of paper and hold it up to a mirror. How does it look? A mirror works by reflecting light. It bounces the image back to your eye, making it appear backwards. A mirror can’t tell you how to make sense of something; it can only give you a reflection, which we can then act on.
Now, try to write that same phrase backwards and see how it appears in the mirror. Next time you see an ambulance you may notice that they spell ‘ambulance’ on their vehicle backwards, so that drivers can read it the right way round in their mirrors.
If you have access to two mirrors, face them towards each other and do the first experiment again. Now you are reflecting the image twice and you should be able to read your original message.