You are Loved

I can honestly say that a good majority of my life I’ve spent avoiding mirrors for various reasons. In high school, it was horrific acne. In college, it was braces and a missing tooth. After kids, it was my body weight. And now, finally, when I think I’ve got no reason to avoid them: wrinkles. 

Maybe you have other reasons you avoid the mirror. It might have nothing to do with your looks. Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t just reflect our physical image. Sometimes they reflect the inside. The invisible mirror reflects all the gunk going on emotionally. I actually think those mirrors can be even worse than real ones. 

If I were to tell you that facing a mirror without shame or guilt is possible, would you believe me? If I said you can actually stand confident before your reflection and know that you are wholly loved, would you do it more often? 

See, God loves you no matter what you look like internally or externally. That is really hard to accept sometimes. Especially when you’ve gotten good at hiding the yuck or avoiding the mirrors all together. 

Good news: His love for you does not depend on you. It is not swayed by what you do, what you wear, or how you act. His love for you comes from who you are. You are His beloved child and marvelous creation. He loves you more than a parent loves a child, if you can fathom that. And because you know you are loved like that, you can face your reflection without fear of rejection.

So take a deep breath, go over to the mirror, and get to know her again. Tell her the truth about her identity: she is loved. You are loved.

1 John 4:10 NLV - This is real love - not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 

I love deep thinking and artful expression in my writing, but if you are like me, you find it hard to take those things and actually put them into practice. 

Each week, I will post a few ways you can take the deep stuff and actively use it. It’s not meant to add more to your plate, they are to helpful center on Him for a few seconds. Knowledge comes from knowing the Word, and we gain Wisdom when we take our knowledge and apply it to our life. I, for one, am always up for more wisdom. 

How can you be reminded that you are loved this week? Try one or all of these:

  • Look for big and little ways that God shows you love throughout the day. Write them down or talk about them. 
  • Stand in front of the mirror and think of all the things He created you to do. 
  • Find a verse or quote that will encourage you when you start to beat yourself up. Post it in a place like the bathroom mirror so you have a visual reminder.


JL McCarthy

January 13, 2020