Spiritual Practice


Aidan Gscheidle & Sarah Klauda

Sometimes I get this swept-away feeling. When I look at a mountain, the ocean, or simply a leaf, I feel a sense of awe, as if I could see God in the Creator’s artwork. One night, I got that swept-away feeling when I looked in the mirror.

I had been feeling pretty worthless for a while. But here I was, brushing my teeth, when suddenly I saw myself; and for once, I kind of liked what I saw. My shoulders were beginning to broaden, and I could see some definition in my arms and chest. My chin and upper lip were rough with stubble. I looked pretty cool! Then, as I stood back from the mirror, I heard these words: “You look like me, son.”

I don’t mean to be vain. I tell you this because, in that moment, I realized something important: although we are often plagued by insecurity and low self-esteem, these feelings of worthlessness are a lie.

So God created humankind in his image.
Genesis 1:27a (NRSV)

Read Genesis 1:27. Then take a good, long look in the mirror. You look like God, my friend! God’s hands have shaped you. Smile at your reflection, because you were made by a master artist who delights in you.

—Aidan Gscheidle, 18


TRY THIS: The next time you stand in front of a mirror, look at every aspect of yourself. As you do this, smile and repeat the word beautiful over and over again. Say other positive words that describe you (funny, smart, brave). See yourself as God sees you.

—Sarah Klauda

—from devozine (March/April 2015). Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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