What are you looking at?

What are you looking at? By Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson

In this article Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson, a colleague and a writer, who focuses on the relationship between thought spirituality and health and trends in that field, gives us much food for thought in this article.  He shares his spiritual insight and a story of a woman, who saw herself as ageless, beautiful and vital well into her 9th decade.  Tim acknowledges how looking beyond the physical picture we see in the mirror to our true selfhood as God’s spiritual reflection – always beautiful, dearly loved and strong can make all the difference in the quality of our lives. Take a look in the mirror and try to see what God sees-it’s a life changer!

One day while reading in the living room of the retirement home where she lived, Mildred glimpsed a woman on the opposite side of the room.  She thought about waving or saying good morning, but decided against making the effort because the woman didn’t look too friendly.  As she studied the Bible in her lap, the thought came to her that no matter how unfriendly the stranger might look, she could behave in a loving manner.

Mildred prayed quietly to see the woman as God saw her–lovely and perfect.  She smiled and nodded at the woman, and the woman smiled and nodded right back!  That’s when Mildred realized she was looking in a mirror, and that grumpy – now smiling–woman was her own reflection!

When you look in the mirror, what do you see?  Many of us see someone who isn’t as young as he or she used to be.  We may wish we had darker hair, fewer wrinkles and not quite so much of a double chin! Maybe it is time to be like Mildred and look deeper than our outward appearance. The Bible offers this view:  “…let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us” (Ps. 90:17). We can do this no matter our age.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: maryland@compub.org