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What do I order at Tropical Smoothie? Strawberry Limeade. Cheeseburger at Steak N Shake: Frisco Melt. McAlister’s meal to share with my sister: Southwest chicken, Sweet Tea for her, Lemonade for me, chocolate cookie to share. Chocolate Junior Frosty from Wendy’s is a must. Applebees go-to meal: Lime Grilled Chicken. I like to go to certain places and get a specific item on their menu. The decision is made on my way. No hesitation or second guessing. I know what I want and that’s what I order.
Going somewhere new is another story. There is much to think about. What do I feel like eating? What flavoring or spices am I in the mood for? How hungry am I? Do I go with tried and true or branch out and try the house special? So many decisions!
Daily life decisions are much the same. There are certain things I decide and do that are instinctual and come naturally. Some daily life decisions cause me to pause and look at all my options. That’s where it gets a little fuzzy.
From a young age, my son has been drawn to the happenings and workings of the military. He settled his focus on the Army a few years back. This is my 17 year old who is going to be 18 this winter. Pretty sure you see where this is going! He recently talked to an Army Recruiter and plans on joining the Army after he graduates from High School.
Over the last couple of years, my son has spent an extended amount of time educating himself on his options and confirming what he wants to do.
As time has approached to make a decision, he has reached out and gathered intel from different people who have had different experiences. Everyone has their own life lessons they’ve learned. Some good, some not so good. You want better for your loved ones. You don’t want them live through the tough life lessons that you lived through. So, you try to steer them away from those choices. All in love. All because you care.
I am very proud of my son. He has listened to all the advice given and considered it valid information to think about. He had a lot of opinions and information thrown at him. He talked through the different options, but keeps coming back to his initial desire for a specific division of the Army.
It’s about to get real! I’ve already signed the consent forms and he will soon confirm with his recruit that his intent is to enlist into the Army. A year from now his life will be completely different.
I would like to say that all decisions that I have ever made were of my own mind and not influenced by others. I have listened and followed what others thought best for me, when in the end, what I had wanted to do was the best for me. It happens. It’s called trial and error. It’s how we learn and grow. It’s how we become the person we are created to be.
I will admit that some decisions made were against my better judgement. I’ve looked in the mirror and wondered, “Who are you? Why did you make the decision?”
I don’t dwell in front of the mirror. Once I’m ready for the day, I take one last look and think, this is as good as it’s going to get, and off I go! I glance in the mirror from time to time to check for fly away hair or food stuck in my teeth. But to stand in front of the mirror and check myself out? I’ll pass!
I can recall the few times I’ve paused in front of the mirror and did not recognize the girl looking back at me. How did that happen?
I’ve stared myself down in the mirror, looking directly into my own eyes. Jesus and I have had powerful pep talks looking eye to eye in the mirror. Who I saw was not who I wanted to be. Jesus knows me and knows who He created me to be. He gently revealed himself through my eyes looking at myself in the mirror, relaying to me who I am. I am His.
I didn’t walk away from the mirror forgetting what I looked like. I walked away from the mirror with strength, dignity and His power within me knowing He created me in His image.
My son did the same with a heavy life decision. He looked into the mirror, saw the man Jesus created him to be, and decided to follow his calling. Not an easy road. A road only a few travel. Nonetheless, he is following his heart’s desire that was placed there by our Heavenly Father.
When I walk away from the mirror, I want to remember who Jesus revealed to me while we were looking face to face. I want to be that person all day, everyday with my mirror pep talk fresh in my mind in all I say and do.
Do you look in the mirror and wonder who is looking back at you. Have you walked away from the mirror forgetting the person you just saw? It frightens and startles me when it does happen. I want to turn back to the mirror and see me as Jesus sees me. I want that image forever carved in who I am living for Him.
Next time you look in the mirror, smile. Smile knowing Jesus is looking back at you and loves you. He sees you and will know you forever. Hold on to His image that is in you to live the life He created you to live.
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