Study with Sara-Mirror Mirror on The Wall-Who’s the fairest of us all!

The mirror said: “You, my queen, are fair; it is true. But Little Snow-White is still -A thousand times fairer than you.”

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We have all heard this fairy tale, read this fairy tale, told this fairy tale and lived this fairy tale, most likely, but have we understood this fairy tale? A great teaching story from Grimm’s “Snow White.”
We look and sometimes feel a twist of horror at the jealousy grown from a seed in the life of child to adult as we think on this story.
Do we understand how this seed got there and just what a undistinguished weed it will be?
In the book of James, Chapter I and verses 21- 25, James gives us a glimpse of the various variegated seeds of jealousy and other like seeds.

James says, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Let us think for a moment on the ‘perfect law of liberty’ as the Word of God and how it serves as a means of reflection, much like a mirror or looking glass the queen from Snow White would look into. We look into this mirror and with honesty and integrity, we aspire to model our lives after the life and teaching of Jesus. Then one day we look into the mirror and it answers us back and says “there is another, and that other is a thousand times fairer than you.” JEALOUSY-PAIN-ANGRY-FEAR, variegated seeds wrapped in red all goes to work within the well cultivated heart.
Why are we there? No longer fair,! Oh, No! not the fairest of them all, at all! Why are our children there, no longer fair? When did we or they or both change from fair to unfair? Did our parents lie to us? Did we lie to our children? Did we help our children cheat and think nothing of it? Yet, if we saw our neighbor’s child do the same thing we just did with our precious unblemished child we would see it another color. You know how it is, the same the little act done for them no longer a flower but a weed!
Did we or do we fudge on their age for school or sport? Have we helped them devise a lie for the purpose of gaining advantage in their life. Or, of course did our parents, teachers or others do it for us to give us a head-start in life, or so they thought, or we are still thinking? Do we lie to others or ourselves believing or causing them to believe they are better in some way, beauty, intellect, sports, music, or other vanities that makes varieties more colorful then they really are?
There is a subtle difference between the seed of truth and the seed of lies, just as there is a subtly between law of liberty and law of bondage. If you only read or hear the Word of God, you are practicing and living the ‘law of bondage’ and these seed produces weeds, jealousy, angry and other variegated weeds. But, if you read, hear and do, and DO is the subtle difference between the ‘law of liberty’ and the ‘law of bondage.’ The Word of God, again, the ‘law of liberty’, teaches us to live in and live out the law of liberty by being a DOER of what we just read or heard. This liberty is motivated by an inward compulsion, planted there from the reading or hearing of The Word. It is motivated to DO the truth you just read and saw in the mirror, your looking glass. But, the ‘Law of bondage’ brings a ‘commandment’, not a’ command’ as there too is a subtle difference. and it is the law and when you break the law, you will be punished and brought to accountability. Law of Liberty brings blessings while law of bondage will bring you to ‘no longer the fairest of them all.’
So, just how fair are we to ourselves? To our children? Or to others?
Do we even know the difference?
Do we believe there is consequences fo breaking the law? Try driving 95 in a 35 mile zone, or even 50 in a 35 mile zone! Seems a little more real now, doesn’t it?
Do we believe there are blessings for DO ‘the law of liberty’? If so, what are some of them?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who in this land is fairest of all?

And the mirror always said:
“You, my queen, are fairest of all.”

Then 7 years later, the mirror changes it’s hue.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who in this land is fairest of all?

The mirror said:
“You, my queen, are fair; it is true.
But Little Snow-White is still
A thousand times fairer than you.”

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14 thoughts on “Study with Sara-Mirror Mirror on The Wall-Who’s the fairest of us all!

  1. Oh for the mirror of truth!!! I guess I better hold onto the right mirror for if I lay down the mirror or truth, I have the mirror of bondages. Most of us I believe would love to have the mirror of truth, but somewhere along the way we lay it down. In the Bible in Proverbs 22:6 it says Train up a child in the way he/she should go, And when he/she is old he/she will not depart from it. With these two mirrors in effect, which mirror do we role model for our children. Which mirror did we have role modeled for us? Sometimes we role model things that grow weeds, and we without knowing it are the responsible ones. We have not really taken the word of the Bible and been doers. We become complacent in our walk with the Lord, not making application of the Word and do what we don’t want to do. We sometimes do the very things that we were critical in others who were close to us. We then encourage weeds to grow in people, especially people God has placed in our path.
    As a teacher I know that 90% of what is modeled is learned by children. What are we modeling for our children. When a project is done totally by a parent and turned in, what have you modeled for your child? Bondage. When you have children skip school, what are you saying about the importance of school and knowledge? Bondage. When you show kindness to all men what do you model? – Truth Lord may be seek the mirror of truth and holding onto it may we walk it out in our lives. May we seek the truth daily and if we have weeds in our lives may we pull them up in Jesus’s name and be set free; therefore, role modeling what is truth.

  2. This blog has so many layers of truth and understanding to help us look into the mirror of self and face the truth about ourselves and others. When we are not willing or able to do that than we deceive (to cause to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid ) ourselves and others. And operate under the bondage of the father of lies, satan himself. That is a hard pill to swallow. I thought of the parable of the sower in Mark 4:13-15. All the different soils listed here could have been cultivated (to prepare or prepare and use for the raising of crops;to loosen or break up the soil about (growing plants). We could truly prepare our hearts and minds to be open to the Spirit of the Word of God. But a danger lies in that openness….that ground ‘turned open to the light’. Something will sprout. Either a good crop will be produced if the word read and heard is accepted and obeyed with resulting good fruit or harvest. Or those weed seeds (Sara said jealousy, anger, fear, pain) that have been lying dormant in that ground for years, disturbed and brought to the surface by the cultivating will grow. This latter condition reminds me of Mark 4:14 where the ones were by the wayside (the side of or land adjacent to a road or path; into a condition of neglect or disuse — usually used with fall) where the seed was sown. Satan came immediately and took away the good word from their hearts so there could be no good harvest. Why? They were off the ‘narrow way’ of ‘the law of liberty’ Sara wrote on, and walking in the broad path of ‘law of bondage’. Deception is a subtle but broad road and often easier to walk on for a short time than the rough, narrow way.
    I went back to read Sara’s blog from Oct 26,2006 “Compulsion from Within” as “This liberty is motivated by an inward compulsion, planted there from the reading or hearing of The Word” from this blog jogged it to my remembrance. She said “if you don’t forget it (what you heard and read)but start working it into your life you will be blessed with a harvest, with fruit.” She went on to say ,”Liberty, the law of liberty. is not the law of legalism, but freedom. We come to know God’s counsel and then we follow the counsel given. The liberty comes out of a desire to follow His advise out of an inward compulsion not out of someone made me do it. Or out of fear or strife but an inward compulsion. Pure freedom.” So if I am understanding, freedom comes from be willing to look into that mirror daily and ‘face it, admit it and change it’ (Sara’s coined phrase) in order to avoid or to be free from lies, deception and ultimate bondage. I am glad The Daily Lily ‘Trumpets Faith, Gives Hope and Serves Others with Love. I felt I have been given that through this blog and many others. And there is a hope that like with renovating a lawn….when the grass is nurtured and taken care off properly and grows thick and tall, the weeds have a hard time competing and get choked out.

  3. Sara Asked..do we believe there are blessings for “Do” the Law of liberty? if so what are some of them..
    Deuteronomy 28:2-14
    2.And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shal hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
    3. Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shat thou be in the field.
    4.Blesssed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy cows, and the flocks of thy sheep.
    5.Blessed shall be thy basket
    6.Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
    7.The Lord shall cause thine enenmies who rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face; they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.
    8l The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in they storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and He shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
    9. The Lord shall establish thee and Holy people unto Himself
    10.All the people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of thee.
    11.And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord swore unto thy fathers to give thee.
    12.The Lord shall open unto thee His good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in its season, and to bless all the work of thine hand; and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow
    13.And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath, if thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, and..to observe and to “DO” them…….

    For not “DOING” them…Just add..instead of blessed..cursed shalt be….and you get the consequences….
    Snow white..this story is really deep ….7 dwarfs..and apple poisoned…living up to her name…in the forest wilderness….”whew!”….not as easy as one would think…its deeper….dj

  4. Sara made me wonder about the story of SNOW WHITE that I have presented as a musical with the second graders, several times. The children loved that story so very much! I thought of the number 7. Perhaps the “7” stands for 7 virtues; or perhaps seven as meaning “complete” as in Snow White’s 7 little friends.
    But getting back to the mirror. We would have a student portray the mirror that the evil stepmother gazed into. And when she would ask the mirror who was the ‘fairest of them all’, our second-grade mirror had a knowing that the heart of this beauty was wicked even tho her exterior was very beautiful. And she really was the “UN-fairest” of them all. For she tried to kill “truth and beauty” as represented by Snow White. So our mirrors would make a few wise”cracks” to the queen. You could say she was gazing into a CRACKED mirror.
    That’s how some of us look in the MIRROR OF TRUTH…a little cracked. Lies, hypocrisy, self-deception, all those things Sara mentioned run havoc with the Looking Glass of truth and honesty. So, When we look into the MIRROR OF TRUTH (the WORD of GOD) and we compare our own beauty with LOVE, BEAUTY of HOLINESS and VIRTUE , and we see lines and cracks in the mirror, unfortunately, these lines cannot be ameliorated with BOTOX!

  5. I Cor 13:12 says: “For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”
    When a room is dimly lit, it is difficult to see clearly in a mirror. When someone comes to our mirror of self with the light of truth we can see ourself more clearly. Snow White was a virtuous person representing Godly character. Her presence lit up a room. I wonder if such light somehow reflected and made the Queen’s mirror light up so that she saw the truth about herself and had to come face to face with it and she didn’t like it? Sara asked “So, just how fair are we to ourselves? To our children? Or to others?
    Do we even know the difference?” It seems it often takes someone with Light to help others know and see and be honest about themselves. Like Sara writing this very blog about this mirror of self. Then I think, will we be like the Queen who was angered by such revelation light or will we face the mirror and humbly desire and strive to change with God’s grace and help as truth is revealed to us? I want to be able to embrace truth and make the changes and I am very thankful for The Daily Lily.

  6. Debi quoted Paul’s words in 1 Cor. 3: 12 about “then I shall know JUST AS I ALSO AM KNOWN. Doesn’t this shake us up a bit? It sure does me… to know that everything shall be revealed; the intentions of the heart; the exaggerations, the lies, the pride, the envy, the jealousies, the competition to elevate oneself above another, the hypocrisy, the half-truths, the faunings for favor, the “being puffed up”. The Word of God exhorts us to take care of those things, NOW!! Today, is the day of salvation. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Go through the pain of withdrawal from SELF SELF SELF, NOW! But how?
    We must intend in our hearts, make it an intention, by faith, to curb our appetites for self-glorification, at every step by asking Holy Spirit to show us where the corruption is.
    You know those makeup mirrors that are equipped with a special light that reveal all the flaws so that one can see where to apply make up or “concealer”? That’s what the WORD does when it shines on our lives. It shows us where the blemishes are. OUCH!
    Pilate asked JESUS, “What is Truth”? That’s what we must ask the Holy Spirit about ourselves. What is the TRUTH about myself? And what must I do about it?

  7. Eternity is destiny! I am thinking if one had a face to face experience with the reality of eternity would they not desire the light of truth. One knows from the study of John that when the light of truth comes it will set one free.

    John 8:32: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

    Now read 31 -32 together…”Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.”

    We are back to the DO!!!!!! Sorry, Lilies, we can’t get away from it as seekers of God’s truth.

  8. I am reckoning that you might be saying, Sara, …. OUR “DO” SHOWS OUR “WHO”. We can recite all the platitudes of famous and anonymous men & women; we can quote Bible verses; we can make all kinds of confessions of faith; we can promise our brethren many things; we can talk the “happy talk…keep talkin’ happy talk” BUT eventually, our ‘DO’ determines our ‘WHO’.
    Now I have heard arguments to the contrary about our WHO NOT being our DO. And I sort of understand where they are coming from. HOWEVER, the way I see it….and this is solely my opinion that I write here, I cannot see otherwise….what a man DOES, his deeds, his actions, his works, must needs identify who he/she is. We can tell wonderful things, funny Stories, marvelous tales; pray & preach among the brethren; make great swelling promises. But what they (WE)finally ‘DO’ about any of it will ultimately identify WHO WE ARE.
    “by their deeds you shall know them”
    So much for self deception. It always identifies itself. Now we must decide whether we want to recognize it within ourselves or just go on looking in the mirror and ignoring the cracks.

  9. Oh, what teachings can be learned here, if we will only take the time to look into the “mirror of truth”. “Train up a child in the way he should go even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (posted by Rena)
    “Then Jesus said to them, ‘If you can’t understand the meaning of this parable, how will you understand all the other parables? The farmer plants seed by taking God’s word to others. The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away.”(posted by Debi)
    the blessings for being a “doer” (posted by Dorothy)
    “everything will be revealed” (posted by MG)
    “And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”(posted by Sara)
    I am so grateful for the daily lily. We are so blessed to have this website for help, encouragement, and instruction. There is “wholesome teaching” here, if we will accept it. Titus 2:1-8 says:”As for you, Titus, promote the kind of living that reflects wholesome teaching. Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience. Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely. And you your self must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and and seriousness of your teaching. Teach the truth so that your teaching can’t be critized. Then those who oppose us will be ashamed and have nothing bad to say about us.”
    This blog is evidence of the above scripture in Titus. When the truth is taught…no one can critize it.

  10. Needles, your exerpt from Titus is an excellent example of looking in the mirror of truth and not walking away from it but doing something about what you just saw. Your ability to pinpoint the main idea from each comment above and use this passage of scripture to ‘wrap it all up’ helps me see an overall picture. Wholesome living and wholesome teaching seem interdependent, each a mirror reflecting Light off the other.

  11. I must say on the comment of older men and women teach the younger, I am forever grateful for the many older ones that had walked the road I was walking and loved me enough to teach, share and discipline me.

    I believe I am a better person and my children have benefited greatly from having other’s give input into our lives. I loved it when others corrected my children or myself. What love! My Mother was the one of the best having 10 children of her own. But, she was one among the many that took the time to love us with their wisdom. WOW, I have had much to give God thanks for as and thanks to my many mentors. I hope that I am able to give wisdom to others that are seeking it and I hope others will continue to pour wisdom and guidance into my life, my husband’s life and our children as we deeply desire it.

    May my children, my husband and myself always be blessed and honored of God because of our willingness to receive teaching, training and discipling when and if needed.

    I have learned never to be offended in the way, style or timing it comes when it is godly wisdom. Just trust God for His help to benefit from it and bless the giver.

  12. In our little town, as I was growing up, our parents taught us this; that the elders of the community, friends, neighbors, teachers and clergy were to be respected for their authority over our youthfulness and if we needed to be corrected by them for transgressions, then we were to heed and respect their admonishments and and also expect it that we would be disciplined at home by our parents.
    Proverbs 13:24 says, “he who spares the rod of discipline HATES his children.” Wow! That is a harsh saying but we know the BIBLE speaks truth. And sometimes truth hurts. If we don’t believe it, ask some parents who have been permissive with their children concerning their behavior and see what a rebellious harvest they reap because of this. We have them in our classrooms every day; unhappy rebellious children; demanding and selfish. I know the colloquial saying goes, “spare the ROD and spoil the child”….but The WORD of GOD says, in Psalm 23:4, THE LORD’S ROD PROTECTS US and HIS STAFF GUIDES AND DIRECTS US. And That ROD of the LORD comforts after the correction. The LORD leaves no stone unturned. He takes care of His own because HE IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD and HIS ROD IS A COMFORT! And we should take comfort in HIS disciplinary work. And we must extend that to our children IF WE LOVE THEM AS WE SAY WE DO!!!

  13. Concerning the “rod of correction”, Hebrews 12 has much to say and in severity of admonition and exhortation. In verse 5, “My sons, do not think lightly or scorn to submit to the correction and discipline of the Lord and in His word. Don’t lose faith or faint or lose courage when you are reproved or corrected by HIM.
    v.6 For the Lord corrects and disciplines everyone He loves AND HE PUNISHES EVEN SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE ACCEPTS TO HIS HEART AND CHERISHES!!
    V7 You must submit to and endure correction for discipline. The Lord is dealing with you as with sons. (and here is wisdom given to saintly parents who will listen and heed) FOR WHAT SON IS THERE THAT HIS FATHER DOES NOT TRAIN AND CORRECT AND DISCIPLINE? SO IF YOU EXEMPT YOURSELF FROM CORRECTION IN WHICH ALL OF GOD’S SONS SHARE THEN YOU ARE ILLEGITIMATE OFFSPRING AND NOT true SONS AT ALL.
    V.11 For the time being no discipline brings joy but is painful and grievous. But afterwards it yields the peaceable fruits of righteousness…..to those who have allowed themselves to be trained in the ways and word of God.
    Let’s face it. If we want to remain the sons of God we are going to have to face correction until the fruits of peace appear.

  14. MG,
    Thank you for the scripture in Proverbs. I’d like to type the whole scripture here and the footnotes from my Bible. “Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them.” Footnotes: “It is not easy for a loving parent to discipline a child, but it is necessary. The greatest responsibility that God gives parents is the nurture and guidance of their children. Lack of discipline puts parents’ love in question because it shows a lack of concern for the character development of their children. Discipling children averts long-range disaster. Without correction, children grow up with no clear understanding of right and wrong and with little direction to their lives. Don’t be afraid to discipline your children. It is an act of love. Remember, however, that your efforts cannot make your children wise; they can only encourage your children to seek God’s wisdom above all else!”
    As a parent, I agree with the fact that “it is not easy for a loving parent to discipline a child”, but I do want my children to know right from wrong, respect authority, seek God’s wisdom, and that I love them.

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