I love taking pictures of my children. I’m not a professional by any means; I’ll leave that to my amazing friend, Amy, who gets almost every photo credit on my blog (her link is down below). But I remember asking my son to smile one day, and it’s like he had forgotten how to smile. He became self-aware. Almost over night my little boy that used to smile away for mommy, all of a sudden awkwardly stretched his lips open and looked at me with those dead eyes. You know, like when someone forces a fake smile and their eyes don’t match? I couldn’t believe it. My husband and I actually had to teach him how to relax his face and smile again after that. He was about 8. And have you ever noticed the way a drawing comes to life when you add that bit of light in the eye? All of a sudden the character comes alive. This is what it was like when I came to know Jesus. He came in and filled them with light. And my smile? It became the real thing. That solemn girl that used to hang her head, walking the halls in high school, suddenly lifted her head. She made eye contact. She was…different.
His love chased away the fear. His love chased out the darkness of self-loathing and despair… He can do this for you!
“But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1John 4:18 NIV
His love is perfect! If you struggle looking in the mirror, because you have believed the lie and you can’t seem to believe that you have worth. You are looking in the wrong mirror. His word is the mirror. And if you think you have it all and it’s not enough (because it isn’t)…lay it all down. You need both hands to take the free gift of salvation. Giving your life to Jesus means forsaking everything to follow him.
“…we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.” 2 Cor. 5:14-15 NLT
I encourage you to be emptied of yourself and let Him fill you today.
Photos by: Amy K & Co