In December 2013 I started a project that I’ve referred to as a “self-discovery journey with God.” It’s called The Mirror Project.
So, what is The Mirror Project and why the fancy title?
I decided to give The Mirror Project its name one day after looking in the mirror for an overly exaggerated amount of time and wondering what my purpose was for being on this earth. I looked at myself and wondered who am I? what’s the point of my life? is this all that I’m going to do? have I made a difference in anyone’s life? will I ever? That moment in the mirror was a God moment, because I walked away continuing to ask myself those questions. With the new year around the corner, it had me seriously questioning my purpose.
The Mirror Project is a project I’m pursuing throughout the whole year of 2014. The point of it is that when I look in the mirror, do I see what God sees? Do I know what God has called me to do? Am I confident in the person He’s created me to be? So far it’s been a tough journey. God has picked and prodded at me. I’ve learned some things about myself that I genuinely don’t like and God is helping me change.
My pride. My arrogance. My stubbornness. It’s all being transformed.
Who can participate in The Mirror Project?
While I didn’t embark on this journey to start a trend, I have had people ask if they can participate in it as well. Anyone is absolutely welcome to join in on this journey with me. I believe it’s important to look in the mirror and see who and what God has called us to be. It’s pretty much vital to our existence.
I’ve found this project to not only better help me understand myself, but to have a closer relationship with Christ. In order to understand our design, we have to know our Designer.
Why do I post about my journey through social media?
My main reason for posting my journey on social media is simply because I want to be held accountable. I’ve started many projects in my lifetime that I never finished. This is one that I want to continue, even after 2014. I also believe being open and vulnerable to the public is a witness to others. It allows people to see they aren’t the only one dealing with something.
If you decide to join, you can post on your blog, update a Facebook status, post on Instagram, or simply just journal along your journey. For me, I decided to post through Instagram because God speaks to me visually. I also add the hashtag #TheMirrorProject because at the end of the year 2014, I’d like to look back and see how God has intervened in my life throughout the year.
What’s necessary for starting this project?
The only necessity for The Mirror Project is that you’re willing to be pruned. When you open up and allow yourself to be vulnerable in the arms of Christ, He’ll reveal things about you that you may not have known. He’ll reveal things that you need to change, things you shouldn’t change, and maybe things that you should be doing that you never wanted to do. Be willing to listen, be quiet, obey, and be ready to follow Him where He leads you.
Maybe one person’s life will be changed by the things God reveals to me. Maybe someone will want to know more about God. Maybe someone will look in the mirror one day and decide they want to live a different life. Maybe that person will make a choice to follow Christ.
My hope is that through this journey God will give me more direction about what His plan is for my life. That could mean softening my heart towards something I used to hate, teaching me to let go of offenses, showing me the way He sees me, or simply enhancing our time together. I want to learn to be content with waiting on His timing. So if God so chooses to only reveal part of His story for my life to me now, then so be it! At least in the process God will have matured me into the woman He wants me to be in the year 2014.
So if you’re someone that wants a change and feels like you’ve been running in circles, then I encourage you to join this with me. If you are truly ready for a different life, then allow God to intervene and reveal to you what He’s been trying to tell you all your life.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity.”