A Window Day
November 12, 2011
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Every morning most of us can gaze at two pieces of glass in our bathrooms: the bathroom mirror and the bathroom window. We gaze into the mirror to assess the night’s damage and try to repair it before we go out in public. We can also gaze through the window at the big world outside.
The mirror fills our sight with an image of self. The window fills our sight with the world beyond self. The mirror will probably get more of our attention than the window while we’re getting ready in the morning, but what about the rest of the day? Will it be a mirror day or a window day?
It comes naturally for us to be fixated on ourselves, because it’s human nature, especially fallen and sinful human nature. We’re a little like the queen in the story of Snow White who regularly stood before her magical mirror and asked, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” It made her day when the mirror replied, “You, my queen, are the fairest of them all.” But then came the day when the mirror answered, “Snow White is the fairest of them all.” That didn’t go over very well with the queen!
When we see everything from the perspective as to how it reflects on us we’re setting ourselves up for a bad time of it. Best selling author Rick Warren began his mega-selling book The Purpose Driven Life with the words, “It’s not all about you.” So true!
It all boils down to what we focus on from the time we get up in the morning. Will we have a mirror-like focus, fixated on self? Or will we have a window-like focus with a focus on the world around us? I for one want to make it a window day!
“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)