Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Here's Looking At You, Part 2

Tonight is the second round of my students' answers to the question, 'When I look in the mirror, I see....' We based the discussion on James 1:22-24 which I cited yesterday. Many of you left comments which I posted in class for the kids to read. It means so much that you would take the time and I hope some of you will do so again! Again, the boys are in blue font and the girls are in purple. All are printed with permission.

''When I look in the mirror, I see my murky brown eyes hiding the pain of a broken family. I see my crazy hair that I wish would lie flat for once and try to calm my worried, jumbled thoughts about what will happen today or people I hope will have a good day because they are having such a hard time. I see a girl who wears her uniform with pride because of her dedication to her schoolwork, and the three rings she always wears.One is on her left hand, the fourth finger, where a wedding ring would go, a purity ring to remember her relationship with God. On her right hand, a ring her grandfather gave her to remember her commitment to her family. Finally, a ring around her neck for her responsibilities to her friends. I see a girl who doesn't wear makeup and doesn't think negatively about her appearance. Most of all, I see the bright smile of a young Christian woman.''

''When I look at myself in the mirror, I see a guy who is not good looking and not too confident. But, I also see a guy who is kind hearted. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. I know there are many things I have to change to improve myself. I also realize that I am a good young man. When I decide to help someone, I will do my best for them.''

"When I look in the mirror, I see a tall girl who is sometimes mean but who is truly kindhearted. I see an athlete who needs to stop being lazy. I see someone who struggles with things but keeps them to herself so others won't look down on her or feel sorry for her. I also see a smart girl who could put in a little more time to have a higher GPA. I see a child who doesn't feel like her parents tell her GOOD JOB! enough. I see someone who is responsible but her dad doesn't think so. I see good people and corrupt people in her life and someone with many friends who love her. I see someone who likes to help others but isn't sure how. I see someone happy with life. I see me.''

"When I look in the mirror, which I hate doing, I can't see inside me. I'm lost. It's like an outer shell that does not say who I am. What I feel inside does not match what I see in the mirror.''

"When I look in the mirror, I see a girl struggling with life. I see someone who has potential and wants to use it but doesn't know how. I see a girl who struggles with trust from being hurt too many times. I see a girl who loves God but doesn't know how to show it. But I also see a girl who has changed. I see a girl independent and a little bit rebellious in personality. I see a confident girl who wants to enjoy life. I see a girl similar to her mom. When I look in the mirror, I don't see my eyes or hair or face; I see my heart and soul. But I'm glad because that's what God sees."

''When I look in the mirror, I see a young man who has made mistakes and one who has betrayed people that he loves more than anyone will ever know and might never get them back because of it. I also see a young man who knows that some of the things he has done in the past might affect him the rest of his life. But, I also see a young man who has found his faith in the Lord and someone who has done all he can to keep that faith. I see a young man who is driven to succeed in getting back the trust of the people he betrayed and showing them the new man in him; a more determined and faithful young man. When I look in the mirror, I see a grateful young man; grateful that the Lord has blessed him with a loving family, great friends, athletic ability with intelligence to accompany it. I see a young man who has vowed to himself and others not to take things for granted again and who is fully set on keeping his promise.''

Applicable quote of the day:
"Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what we think into it.''
Ernest Holmes

God bless,
Luke 18:1
me at steve@hawleybooks.com


Anonymous said...

人生是經驗的累積。不論遭遇任何不幸,都應該堅忍不屈,繼續努力向前邁進 ..................................................


Most interesting, I tend not to look in the mirrior these days..lol
Seriously when looking in the morror one does not always see the image of the true feelings of one's self.


Amanda Borenstadt said...

These are beautiful! So honest!
They brought tears to my eyes because I was so inspired to look honestly at my own life and rise above my own struggles to be a better person.