Mirror Mirror on the Wall What is the measure of my worth?
The authentic picture of Mona Lisa in display at Louvre in Paris is worth one hundred million dollars but the cost of its canvas and paints is less than one hundred dollars. Just like that, our bodies are significantly less valuable than our souls and the faculties attached to it.
In my teen years whenever neighbors complimented my pretty face, my mom would respond:
“She is as beautiful as her words and deeds.”
Her response unconsciously prompted me during those tender years to evaluate my conduct more and worry less about pimples or waistline. It pointed out to a deeper existence that it was not defined by the body.
I felt good under my skin. Confident even. I smiled at myself when I looked in the mirror and my soul, looking from the windows of my eyes, smiled back.I didn’t care what boys thought of me. Well, ninety percent of the time, to be fair.
How about you?
When you look in the mirror, what do you see?
Are you happy with your reflection? Do you smile and wink at your image?
The beauty and fashion industry imposes on us an unhealthy standard of beauty, making us feel inadequate, if not downright ugly. And we rush to change our bodies through diets, exercise, clothing, make-up or surgery. Six-pack muscular bodies appeal to boys and invite them to gyms and benches.
In the age of selfies and vlogs, our self worth is wrongly equated with the number of likes on social media and the compliments in the comment section.
Yet how do you measure the true worth of yourself?
İt can’t be just pounds of flesh that will age with time and will decompose after death.
So who is to tell the true value of a human being?
I say, whoever created that human being: God.
Human Beings as Creation of God
The Qur’an tells us that we have been gifted with many different valuable faculties that animals or other living beings lack. Will power, imagination, abstract thinking, self awareness, memory, learning, preservation of knowledge, conscience, you name it.
What are we to do with these gifts? They can’t be in vain.
These faculties help us explore the creation, including ourselves, to know our Creator. Through these explorations we come to know that God, our Maker, is merciful, powerful and wise. Naturally, in response, we give thanks to Him for His mercy, praise His power and admire His wisdom through worship.
The belief in God transforms a human being from being a lump of flesh or just a thinking animal to an honorable guest of Almighty God.
The light of belief shows that we, ourselves, are the artifacts of God, including our bodies.
For most works of art, their value doesn’t come from the material they are made of but from the art that is displayed on them and by the reputation of the artist.
The authentic picture of Mona Lisa in display at Louvre in Paris is worth one hundred million dollars but the cost of its canvas and paints is less than one hundred dollars.
Just like that, our bodies are significantly less valuable than our souls and the faculties attached to it.
Next time you see yourself in the mirror, remember to say:
“I am a creature of God Almighty. As His artwork, I am priceless and my true worth is not in my appearance, but in my heart and soul unearthed with faith and worship.
This amazing body of mine is the temporary house of my soul, granted to me graciously by my Lord. İ will keep it clean and healthy but I am not my body”
Oh, and never forget my young friend! İn creation there is much more than what meets the eye. So much more.