I am concerned about the man in the mirror.
This concern dates back to a College Psychology Class – Theories of Personality. This was the first time I heard the articulation of “projection” to mean: I project some INNER emotional or psychological issue onto another person – attributing the issue to that person when the issue is really my stuff.
Of course, this was taught to me by childhood friends [without tuition or textbook expenses] in a simple expression, which goes this way:
- I call any of my buddies “lazy,” or “cheap,” or anything demeaning. They respond, “It takes one to know one.”
- Or, more profound: “When you point one finger at me, three point back at you.”
So I have learned this hard lesson about judging relatives and friends, especially the difficult ones. I have to first take a look within, which is the first hard piece of evidence toward solving the problem at hand. I should be concerned about this guy in the mirror before making up a hit list of those who “done me wrong.”
Here is an example, perhaps a metaphor, an example we all can identify with. I am concerned about this man in the mirror because sometimes when people drive too slow in front of me on the highway I take my time and sing with the radio. Other times I want to run them over. It has something to do with whether that guy in my mirror [ME] is on time or running late for his appointment.
The faces of our reflections are real. Before we can remove proverbial “logs” from our eyes they must be seen and acknowledged for what they are. The mirror image is stark raving real – and many times I prefer to not face this reality. For this I am concerned.
Please pray with me: “GOD GRANT ME SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE; COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CANNOT; AND WISDOM KNOW THE DIFFERENCE.