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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Fun Houses

Oct. 28, 2012

Have you ever heard of a fun house? Years ago fun houses were common at amusement parks. The walk-through attractions featured tilting floors, moving stairs, crazy mirrors and other unexpected tricks. Fun houses also often had ball pits, slides and spinning rides. One fun house had something called a Grinder. Designed to look like a sausage maker, it moved people through a narrow passage using a series of padded rollers.

Though fun houses were popular, most eventually closed. They were expensive to operate. And park owners worried about people getting hurt. A few small fun houses can still be found at carnivals and other places of amusement.

Maybe you’ve seen fun house mirrors at a science museum or traveling fun house. These funny mirrors make things look very different from what they are in reality. They can make people appear strangely wide, thin, squashed or stretched.

The distortion is caused by bulges and humps in the mirrors. The curved mirror surfaces alter the reflection you see. The results can be hilarious.

Fun house mirrors are entertaining. We know the silly reflections aren’t real. But when people say false things about us, it can be harder to sort out the truth. Sadly, some people place hurtful labels on others. They may use words like stupid, ugly or weird. Such putdowns don’t reflect the truth of God’s Word.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him” (1 John 3:1, NIV).

When God looks at you, He doesn’t see any of the labels others may try to place on you. He calls you His child. You are created in God’s image. He is changing you from the inside out and making you more like Jesus. God loves you and has a great plan for your life.

— By Christina Quick

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