Hall of Mirrors, Versailles Palace
One of the most famous rooms in the France’s Versailles Palace is the Hall of Mirrors. It is a long, rectangular, and ornate room with large mirrors covering the walls.
That room reminds me of the people I know that live in an emotional hall of mirrors. They constantly think about themselves: How do I look? How an I coming across? How do people view me? Sadly these people’s internal well-being is determined by the answers to these questions. Likewise their decisions are dictated by the expectations of others. People who live in an emotional hall of mirrors end up being shallow, self-centered, outwardly-directed folks.
Thankfully, I know other people who live in an emotional window-filled room. The primary focus of these people is others. Their room contains a single mirror – one that gives them an accurate view of themselves.
When Christians look into their emotional mirror they are supposed to see Jesus, not themselves. The New Testament teaches that in spite of our flaws God does not condemn us. When looking at ourselves produces guilt and shame instead of gratitude for God’s grace, spiritual intervention is needed. We need guidance to discover that we are spiritually “in Jesus” and “Jesus is in us.” So that when God looks at us he sees Jesus.
When we live in a room of windows and we have a Christ-oriented mirror, we become compassionate people whose decisions are governed internally rather than by other people’s responses and expectations.