Working in a gym, I see a lot of things. One that is common is seeing people watching themselves in the mirror. The mirrors are used for individuals working out to see if their form is correct for the exercises they are performing. They want the exercise to be effective and don't want an injury. Someone has shown them how to do the exercises whether it was a friend, a coach or a personal trainer. If they had been shown improper form, then they are "perfecting" the exercises poorly! But if they have been instructed properly, they will "perfect" it toward the results they have hoped for. Good instruction yields positive results.
There are other uses individuals have decided mirrors have. Some fix their hair and make-up, others pop zits, but quite often they use mirrors to check themselves out! A friend pointed out to me one day how certain individuals can't pass by a mirror without gazing at themselves. This narcissistic behavior says, "I am God's gift to the world! There is no one who looks as good as I do!" But inside, their hearts cry out, "Am I ever good enough?" These individuals are arrogant-- and extremely insecure.Who or what are setting the measures by which they judge themselves?
I remember watching "Snow White" as a little girl. The wicked witch gazed into a mirror and said, "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is fairest of them all?" The mirror said back to her, "You are. However, there is one fairer. It is Snow White." The angry witch tried to kill Snow White, but lost in the end. Sadly, those who are jealous try to "kill" others with mean words and actions. They are not happy with who they are, lacking the confidence and abilities which they covet in others. The ugliness of the witch came through her horrible attitudes. Snow White's beauty came through the beauty of who she was as a person. It flowed out to those around her.
My mind brought me to the thoughts of mirrors, image and proper instruction. Here are some passages in the Bible that speak to these things:
I Corinthians 13:11-13
"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
James 1:23 "Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like."
Romans 12:3 "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you."
I Timothy 6:3-5 "These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain."
Psalm 1 "Blessed is the one who does not walk
in step with the wicked or stand in the way
that sinners take or sit
in the company of mockers,
but whose delight is in the law of the
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams
of water, which yields its fruit
in season and whose leaf
does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.
Not so the wicked! They are like chaff
that the wind blows away.
Therefore the wicked will not stand
in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly
of the righteous.
For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked leads to destruction."
Arrogance is born from lack of personal confidence. It is an immaturity in a person's attitudes and behavior. Pride usually causes someone to make others look bad in order to make themselves feel good. People without self-confidence tend to look to whoever is considered the "model of perfection". Those models may or may not be good role models! Instead, our confidence should come in knowing that we are created in the image of God as spiritual beings. Those who we should use as role models are Christians who live what God teaches in His word. We should look to the One who created us for His standard for living, with willingness to use "sober judgement" to examine ourselves. We use His "mirror" and see His reflection in ourselves. We use His word by reading the Bible so that we may live out lives that draw respect from others. God blesses us with " love, joy, peace,patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. " Galatians 5:22 Let us look into His mirror for His image reflected in us, then reflect His image out to others in how we live.