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When I hear the word reflection, there are a few things that come to mind. The first is always this scene in Mulan. If you've seen the movie, you know that during this scene Mulan is fighting a battle within herself. All she wants is to be accepted and loved. She feels that if she truly shows who she is, then it will bring dishonor to her family. 

When I was eight years old and saw this movie for the first time, I totally identified with her. Even at that young of an age, I was fighting to keep my true self hidden. I didn't think that who I truly was worthy of anything so I put on an act. I tried to be who my parents wanted. Not all of it was bad. I succeeded in school because of it. The trouble came when I was a little older and started hiding thoughts and behaviors that shouldn't have been hidden. I struggled for a long time alone, because I wasn't willing to let my true self be seen. It wasn't until I truly accepted the fact that God loves and cares about me no matter what that I became comfortable with my true face being seen.

The next thing that always comes to mind is that I want to truly reflect the character of Christ. 

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As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. (Proverbs 27:19)

People know you not by what you say but by what you do. I am sure you have heard it a million times, but it is the truth. Ultimately, the truth will come out. Somewhere along the way we will get caught up, the curtain will fall, and someone will see past the first act. They will see into our heart and know that our words do not line up with how we truly feel.

For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. (James 2:26)

We can say that we believe all we want. We can say that we love Christ all we want. We can say that we love people all we want. That all means nothing unless we truly act upon it. 

The best testimony we have for Christ is in our actions.

Reflect Him and don't be a hypocrite.

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