What’s the deal with the lighting in store changing rooms?
It is the most harsh, cold lighting there is. You’d think if a store wants high clothing sales they would want to provide people with the most desirable lighting possible so they like what they see in the mirror.
Like candle light – don’t we all look good in candle light? Swimsuits would be flying off the racks if women could try on suits by candlelight!
But then of course – we have to wear those suits out in the bright sunlight.
I’m always surprised when I look at myself in a changing room mirror. I seem to look different than I do in my mirror at home – different, as in worse. I think, “Is that what I really look like?”
The other day I tried on swimsuits
– and like millions of women everywhere I wasn’t pleased with the reflection.
We get picky and focus on all our flaws – wrinkles, spider veins, too much body in some places and not enough body in others. The fact that I was wearing black socks certainly didn’t help create the most attractive image.
It’s good for us to take a long, hard look at who we are – to have our flaws, imperfections and scars exposed – to study ourselves under revealing light.
We need to see ourselves as the fallen beings in need of God that we are. If we always look at ourselves in candlelight, the flawless beauty that glows will always hide the imperfections that exist.
And we can’t allow God to help us deal with sin and flaws if we don’t acknowledge that they’re there.
God knows our sins and shortcomings
But he can’t do his work in us if we don’t see them. When we get real and turn the lights up to reveal what’s there – that’s when we can allow God to make something beautiful out of us.
So don’t be afraid to stand in front of that changing room mirror.
God already knows what’s there and his love for you isn’t any less – even if you’re wearing a swimsuit accented with black socks and unshaven legs.
“People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.” ~Proverbs 28:13
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.