The Man in the Mirror
One of Michael Jackson’s most classic songs, “Man in the Mirror”, was released on January 16th, 1988. Produced by Quincy Jones on the album titled, “BAD”, it has become one of the most celebrated songs of our time. Both the song and video contain several themes of issues worldwide such as aids, racism, war, hunger and equality. To date, the song has sold over 1 million digital copies in both the US and the UK. The lyrics start like this:
I’m starting with the man in the mirror/ I’m asking him to change his ways/ and no message could be any clearer/ If you wanna make the world a better place/Take a look at yourself and make a change!
Incredible song right? Yes. However despite the powerful words, it’s sad to say almost thirty years later, things aren’t much that different after all.
As a matter of fact, some will argue that some things are worse. And in the current state of the world, the change that Michael Jackson sings about is needed now more than ever.
Now, for you educated folks…I’m not talking about the coin or those last two dollars in your pocket, but rather the ability to make a difference where you live.Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost sight of this great message.
In today’s “Microwave Society”, everything is so instant. What was once, “Here today, gone tomorrow”, now is gone within hours. Whether it’s relationships, marriages, job security and even your money, nothing seems to last anymore. The latest fad or trend seems to be out of style by the end of the week. And with advances in technology, the power to change the world instantly is now at your finger tips.
And for believers, because we are in this world and not of this world, change can be difficult.
With most of the world anticipating the next best thing, it’s kind of hard to feel relevant or appreciated. The world can love you today and hate you tomorrow. Society at times can be a very cruel place. And if you’re not careful, it will chew you up and spit you out. And if you aren’t grounded in the word, you may never recover. Despite the craziness we go through on a daily basis, as believers it’s important to know WHO we are and WHO’s we are.
We may not always understand the hurt, pain and suffering we experience, but the word can help us to get through every possible storm that life can bring. James 1:22–24 says:
“Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.”
Life is rough. I’ve tried reading books and researching how to deal with life’s issues but none of it seemed to work. I will admit, I may not have all the answers and there’s still so much to learn in life. But there’s one thing I do know. I do know who holds tomorrow even if I may not know what tomorrow holds.
The day I decided to put my identity in Christ and not in man, titles, credentials or opinions, things started changing. We can learn so much about who we are, through who Christ is.
Today, I encourage you to reflect back and your life and make a change. And the next time you look in the mirror, what will your reflection say about you?
-Larry Davis Jr.