The Image of God

“Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”

Countless times a day, when we look into a mirror it is not to consider the brilliance of our creation, but most often to fix our hair, make some adjustment, apply makeup, or cover over some aspect of ourselves that we are less than excited for others to see. But what if the next time we looked into the mirror we lingered long enough to see this most incredible truth:

We bear the image of God

From the very beginning, God’s plan was to have all of his creation embody his essence and reflect his glory. And as we do so, we are to govern his creation in ways that promote the value and dignity and worth of everyone.

But somehow, somewhere along the way, the image of God in ourselves and in one another became muddled and distorted and we have forgotten. And every time we do, it not only does great damage to our own souls, but so too the entire human community.

But for just a moment, imagine the implications of looking into a mirror and seeing the glory of God staring back at you? Or how about looking into the eyes of another (someone very different from you) and seeing the divine in them? This is the way it is supposed to be!

So, would you join me in a grand experiment and do the following 2 things today:

1. The next time you look into a mirror, ask God to help you see his image in you? And would you keep asking until you do?

2. Would you ask God to help you see his image in someone else today? And if you are feeling particularly adventurous, would you ask him to help you see his image in someone you are finding it very difficult to see it in?

As you become more aware and conscious of the image of God in yourself and others, may it transform the way you look at and live your life!


  1. Kathleen says:

    Looking for Him in others would help us be more compassionate, less judgmental …right? …But I find the idea of trying to do that with my own reflection more difficult to do! Interesting reminder, thank you 🙂