Long ago in a small, far away village, there was a place known as the House of 1000 Mirrors. A small, happy little dog learned of this place and decided to visit. When he arrived, he bounced happily up the stairs to the doorway of the house. He looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. To his great surprise, he found himself staring at 1000 other happy little dogs with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled a great smile, and was answered with 1000 great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the house, he thought to himself, "This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often."
(Proverbs 27:19 ) "As in water face reflects face, So the heart of man reflects man."
Sometimes the most accurate picture we could have of ourselves, apart from God's Word, is the reflection of ourselves on others.
The folktale indicates that we do not all carry the same reflection, however, does this make us different from each other? No, not really. We are after-all, human and are often scarred by life's hardships which may leave us unhappy with ourselves and life in itself. When we are unhappy we make the world around us (look) sad. We become afraid to step out and be around others maybe because of the guilt and shame of our careless actions.
It is sad that even some Christians carry a reflection that pushes people away rather than pull them closer (ultimately to God). As Children of God we must carry a reflection of happiness, cheerfulness, joy and contentment in life, if not all the time most of the time. But when we look at others we should see a happy reflection due to the light of Christ shinning through us. When we are in a place where we can see a good reflection of ourselves or our lives, we can live freely among others; we can go before God without shame, but in joyful thanksgiving and peace. Why? Because you have chosen to let your life be a reflection of Christ.
Believe it or not your life can have a direct impact on others, either positively or negatively. What kind of reflection do you see of yourself when you look at others? Do you see love, mistreatment, hate, mercy, neglect? Our lives should be a reflection of God, so that the lives which we do infect will in turn reflect something beautiful such as God's love and goodness.