Most of us check the mirror in the morning, usually while combing our hair or brushing our teeth. Then we walk away from the mirror.
But not really.
A lot of us carry an invisible mirror around with us all day.
What I mean is that we’re aware of ourselves. We’re aware of the impression we’re making. We want others to think well of us. Some of us to a greater degree than others. But I think it’s pretty much true for most people.
Even the “rebel” who “doesn’t care what anyone thinks” acts and speaks in a certain way to give an impression—that they don’t care what others think (even though they actually do).
To varying degrees, most people are at least somewhat aware of the kind of impression they’re making.
Recently I was reading something by C.S. Lewis. He said that “you will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making.”
This is what the apostle Paul was getting at when he wrote in 1 Corinthians 4:4 that “It is the Lord who judges me.” He’s wasn’t condemning himself. He was saying that, in the end, what God thinks is more important than what people think.
Now don’t go out and dress like a circus clown at your job interview and blame me or C.S. Lewis when you don’t get the gig. It’s good to be smart. But when it comes to being the best you God made you to be, your best impression on the world comes not from jumping through other people’s standards, but from knowing and trusting the deep rootedness of your worth and value in the One who made you.
What God thinks is more important than what others think.
Be at rest.
“You will never make a good impression on other people until you stop thinking about what sort of impression you are making.”
By Matthew Ruttan