“Those who hear but don’t do the word are like those who look at their faces in a mirror. They look at themselves, walk away, and immediately forget what they were like.” (James 1:23-24 CEB)
Over the course of a lifetime, a great many American women will spend one full year looking in a mirror. They are careful students of themselves. Why? They have a singular purpose in mind: to make whatever “adjustments” they deem necessary to their appearance. This is of tremendous importance to them. Of such value even, it could be argued that for many, their life revolves around this activity.
Now picture this. A woman gets up in the morning, bathes, puts on her makeup, dresses, and then proceeds to head out the door to go to work – never touching her hair all day long. She washes, dries, and cuts it as needed, but otherwise does nothing with her hair. Imagine her appearance. Imagine the looks and comments she receives. Now imagine her doing this every day for all of her days. She’s a lifelong walking, talking case of “bed head.”
Ludicrous to consider? “Never would happen,” you say?
James says a great many of us, men and women alike, do just that. We carefully listen to, read, or think about the word of God, the “mirror,” and then do nothing about changing our way of living to bring it in line with what we experienced in the word. Bam!
Think I’ll brush up a bit today.
“Listening to the word and then not living it is like studying your face in a mirror and walking off from it while forgetting to do anything about what you saw.” (James 1:23-24 DSV)
Father, in the name of Jesus, help me to connect my brain with my behavior today. Amen.