The Magic Mirror

The Magic Mirror

"Judge not, and you will not be judged."—Luke 6:37

Let me tell you about a magic mirror. It isn't made of glass and quicksilver, like the ordinary mirror. Nor is it made of crystal.

You can't buy it in a store or manufacture it with any known material. This mirror moves around. It belongs to other people, yet you have full use of it constantly.

This magic mirror is the other person's face.

Yes, believe it or not but you can tell what you are like by looking at other people's faces.

No, you can't see how big your nose is or how many freckles or moles or warts you have on your face. Nor if your cheeks are rosy or pale.

But you can tell about the important things—whether or not your face is frowning or smiling or sad or happy or bold or shy or confident or afraid or selfish or generous. Somehow our inner feelings show on our faces.

And by some magic what we show on our faces gets written on our friends' faces too. I know a boy who is shy. He is so shy other people think he's actually unfriendly. Of course he isn't. But his face looks like he's unfriendly. So other people, seeing his face, say to themselves, "This boy is cold and unfriendly. If he wants to be that way, I will be that way too." And all the time the boy wonders why other people shy away from him. They look at his face, that's all. If he could only realize it, he could see how his face looks by looking at theirs. If he could only force his face to be friendly and smiling, their faces would change too.

Jesus must have had a face that showed his feelings. It was a sincere face. Children were attracted to him. They saw how he loved them.

People in trouble, poor people, sick people, cripple people, blind people, paralyzed people, people with leprosy and epilepsy and all sorts of diseases, wicked people who were sorry for their sins—in fact any kind at all who longed for help and forgiveness—saw in his face a great Friend. Because his face shone with such great kindness and strength, in return their faces were changed too.

But for cruel and hard people he had another face—one of great sternness. He told them they were wrong and that they must change. They disliked him so much they finally crucified him.

Painters and sculptors have had great difficulty trying to paint and carve Jesus' face—so full of compassion and strength and goodness was it. Leonardo da Vinci, who painted the famous "Last Supper" scene, searched for many years for a man whose face could serve as a model for Christ.

I cannot guarantee that this magic mirror will work perfectly every time. Sometimes people do not respond as they should or as we want them too. Even Jesus with all his great works and love was misunderstood. But that didn't cause him to aban­don his own way of thinking and doing.

If your face expresses love for others, consideration, courage, cheerfulness, and confidence, you will be surprised how those you meet have the same kind of attitude.

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