When we look in the Bible mirror and see things that are out of place, James encourages us to make appropriate changes

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Dan ParksTimes they are a changin'. In fact, keeping up with the changes can make one's head spin.

Maybe we do not have to keep up with the times. Jesus said, come follow me. Perhaps, if we focus on following Jesus and strive to be his person in the midst of these times, we will be able to be calm and see clearly.

How many mirrors are in your house? I believe my house has at least six. There is one in each bathroom, a full-length mirror in two bedrooms and at least two portables. How many times do you look in a mirror each day? Mirrors are hard to walk by without sneaking a peek. Even big windows in store fronts draw our attention. Enemy soldiers have been known to place booby traps in front of mirrors, knowing that soldiers just have to take a look.

Why this fixation on mirror gazing? Some want to make sure they are OK. Others want to remind themselves how OK they are. Some, like The Wicked Queen, look because they need reassurance.

"Mirror, mirror on the wall who's the fairest of them all?" That mirror talked. A talking mirror, how cool is that? That mirror also told the truth. A truth-telling mirror is not quite as cool.

Jesus' half-brother, James, mentioned a mirror that not only tells the truth but is the truth. Yep! James refers to the bible as a mirror. He encourages us to look into it often. He insists we act on what we see.

"(22) Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (23) Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror (24) and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. (25) But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues in it — not forgetting what they have heard but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do." (James 1:22-25)

If the mirror revealed your lipstick was crooked, your shirt was dirty, your socks did not match, your lunch was in your beard and your pants were backwards, would you listen? Would you make appropriate changes?

James is just suggesting we be as concerned about the inside as we are the outside. When we look in the Bible mirror and see things out of place, he encourages us to make appropriate changes.

Dan Parks is the pastor at Prineville Christian Church. He can be reached at 541-447-7603.

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