Reflections

Microscopes and Mirrors

“One man said, “I looked at my brother through the microscope of criticism and I said, “How coarse my brother is.” Then I looked at my brother through the telescope of scorn and I said, ” How small my brother is.” Then I looked into the mirror of truth and I said, ” How like me, my brother is.”

Thomas S. Monson

In our places of work, at home, in social gatherings…everywhere we find ourselves in, we always see ourselves as better or superior than the other, be it in the way we dress, the way we talk, how we conduct ourselves…I mean, we tend to bend towards the microscope and run away from the mirror, because we are all good right?

We always want to see how coarse our brother or sister is, how rough their face is, how short or tall they are, how dark or light…how incompetent he or she is compared to ourselves, we even go to an extent of picking up that telescope to see how small they are! My goodness! Do you know, not a single day did the pharisees or saduccees refer to themselves as that? Their pious nature rooted itself in them so much so, that, they lost their identity and even their way. Let’s look at a scripture briefly to highlight this:

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ “I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
Luke 18:9‭-‬14

All who exalt themselves will be humbled and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Like Thomas Monson at the beginning of this write-up, he, like the pharisee looked at his brother and saw how coarse and small he was. When he got to that mirror, shock on him! He was as coarse and as small as his brother! He was humbled. This is what happens when we beat our chests all over the place, you might beat your chest and end up wishing the ground would swallow you alive! The bible also highlights an incident where Jesus instructs us not to pick the best seats, because it is even more a shaming to be relocated to another seat somewhere in the crowd because someone ‘more important’ than you has arrived. It is better to allow yourself to be lifted, to be complemented, to be promoted, to be patted on the back by someone else, because we are inherently a selfish lot.

This is one of those ‘light-bulb’ inspirations that I just couldn’t hold in, I had to share this because it is a cancer in our society today. It is growing rapidly. I am a victim, you are a victim but God is the doctor and His word a mirror. How about we let go of those microscopes and telescopes focusing on other people and just face the mirror, confidently and in faith.

Let us allow us to see our flaws, not other people’s. Let us allow ourselves not to have ‘false humility’ like that pharisee, but humility that will allow us to look inward and upward like the tax collector, who was eventually lifted. Let us not take the ‘best seats’…we might be relocated and that would be a shame! How about ask God to help us and clear that kind of attitude from of our hearts, because microscopes magnify the insignificant, telescopes minimize the great, but mirrors, image the exact picture, no exaggeration.

Am I reminding us to look down on ourselves? Absolutely not! I am calling us to see ourselves in light of God’s word. He loves you so much despite your flaws😉.

Let our prayer always be…

As soon as I walk out the door, I need you more and more, for you know what is in store. Help me maintain.

Jonathan Mc Reynolds

From me to you with love.

See you Thursday for another post! Thank you for stopping by!!

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Maintain

Jonathan Mc Reynolds ft Chantae Cann

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