When you look into a mirror, what do you see? Does pain from your past come into focus? Is the stress from life visible on your face? Or does a lack of faith leave you slumping over, doubtful that you’ll achieve anything significant in the future? From my vantage point, I feel like a mere phantom, unable to capture the person I want to be.
Apparently, King David struggled with a similar dilemma in Psalm 39:6. As he reflected on his days on earth, what he saw was disappointing. Essentially, David described his life as a phantom, roaming to and fro, like a ghostly spirit unable to find rest for their soul. His son Solomon echoed David’s sentiment, recognizing that laboring and toiling on this planet is meaningless, Ecclesiastes 1:1-11.
If this is true, what can one do to reclaim joy? Perhaps, you need to have a private meeting with Jesus, John 3:1-2, to see what’s holding you back. From here, individuals need a daily dose of the Holy Spirit, like 5 Hour Energy Drinks to move beyond this material world, John 4:13-14. Yet, to escape the phantom inside of you, stepping out in faith is necessary to begin utilizing the gifts created inside of you, Romans 12:3-8. Don’t let a low self-esteem paralyze your progress. Rather, begin to see your reflection through the eyes of Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:21.
Please feel free to share any words of encouragement to those who don’t like the person they see in the mirror.
by Jay Mankus