The word for today is . . . mirror.
Carl Jung said, “Whoever looks into the mirror will see first of all his own face. The mirror does not flatter; it faithfully shows whatever looks into it, namely, the face we never show to the world because we cover it with the persona, the mask of the actor.”
Beth and I serve as greeters at our church in Florida. We see masks every Sunday. And we wear them ourselves sometimes. We rarely see others as they are; we see them as they wish to be seen. Putting on a good face for others isn’t all bad. But when we try to fool ourselves, well, that’s always bad.
The Bible says, “If anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror, for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was” (James 1:23).
Recovery Step: I could tell you to get honest with other people, and that would be good. But why don’t you start with yourself? Take a good, hard look in the mirror. If you don’t like what you see, do something about it.