They say the eyes are the windows of the soul. Hogwash. The eyes display emotion, deception, and physical reaction (i.e., allergies), but if you want to see into a person’s soul you’re probably going to need some divine guidance or, at the very least, some other clues. That is not what I wan to talk to you about today, however. I want to talk about the window to your soul. Perhaps it is better stated as the mirror of your soul.
What am I talking about?
Children. Yep, those sloppy little creatures who turn your life upside down, drive you crazy, and melt your heart with a smile that’s more powerful than Kryptonite. In addition to the super-power of cuteness, they can reveal your soul with x-ray vision clarity. And, while they may see into your soul with frightening accuracy and wisdom beyond their years, you can see into your own soul through their eyes if you humble yourself and pay attention.
Have you ever asked God for wisdom and discernment? It can be a dangerous prayer, but it’s necessary to grow up and become your destiny. The dangerous part is that it hurts to see yourself, especially when you see yourself through your children. I think that is one reason God reminds us to be kind and gentle with our children (see Colossians 3) – because, at some point, if we look long enough, we will see ourselves in them. In particular, we see our faults lived out through them. As much as we hate to accept it, our children do as we do, not as we say. So, when my son quickly loses his temper with his brother and I’m about to lower the boom on him, I sometimes hear that still, small voice whispering, “Be careful, Scott. They are only doing what you have taught them to do.”
Each and every child is unique and bears the image of God. And each one has a unique personality and way of living out the completely un-unique sinful nature. And somehow, like it or not, they have a way of revealing our weaknesses. If we allow ourselves to be teachable, if we strive to learn, to seek wisdom, and to hear that still, small voice, we will improve.
Have you seen your soul reflected in your children?