My younger son, Josh, loves to watch a show on YouTube called, “What’s Inside.” On the videos, a father and son team cut open a variety of objects ranging from rattlesnake tails to a 30-year-old can of soup to discover what’s inside.
I don’t know about you, but it’s taken me a long time to be willing to look at what’s inside my own heart. God has been leading me on a path of discovery that has been both joyous and painful. But I’m continuing to take steps towards Him as He leads me because I’m also discovering a stronger, more consistent sense of peace.
This week as we take a look at the Disney heroine Mulan, the question in her theme song asks, “when will my reflection show who I am inside?” She’s trying to be someone on the outside that doesn’t accurately communicate who she is on the inside. It creates tension for her that is uncomfortable and begs for reconciliation.
For those of us who are Jesus followers, the answer to the question of who we are is so simple. We are His. Our reflection should be of Him. Our unique personalities, gifts, and interests have been granted to us by Him to represent Him. But no matter the individual ways we stand for Him and point others to Him, a picture of Him is ultimately what others should see. We should reflect Him.
This past week, I gathered with eight hundred women in Concord, North Carolina at the She Speaks 2019 conference. Eight hundred uniquely gifted, extraordinarily brave, captivatingly beautiful women. Each is feeling a pull to give more of herself in ministry — each sacrificing time and money to better understand her calling. Among them, I made some new friends. Among them, I had moments of true connection with another person. Among them, I experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit. Among them, I remembered that whenever I am in doubt of my worth in this world, I only need to look to the One who gave His life that I might know His deep love for me. I am who He says I am.
I will show the world what’s inside my heart and be loved for who I am. Thank you, Mulan.