James 1:22-25 New International Version (NIV)

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 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 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

ALL of us who have studied History or English have been taught Greek Mythology. The story of Narcissus and Echo brought a likeness to this scripture for me. I had to refresh my memory a bit to grasp the content in prayer.

The story goes, the nymph Echo was in love with handsome Narcissus. Echo’s voice was altered due to a treachery against a goddess. She could only repeat what someone else spoke to her.

Echo finally had the courage to approach selfish Narcissus. The young man was as ugly inside as he was handsome outside. Upon their meeting Narcissus began to speak. Of course Echo repeated what he said. Narcissus was angry especially when she held him close to show him her love. He threw her to the ground stating he could never love her. Echo ran to her wooded home, wanting to die.

The gods and goddesses were affronted by Narcissus’ selfless being. They plotted a plan to make him understand the grief he had given Echo.   They filled Narcissus with the love of himself. He would fall so much in love with his own reflection in the water, he would not leave for anything or anyone. He was devastated to the disappearance of his love as his touch waved the fluid mirror away. Narcissus pined in despair and died because of his own defeated self.

God’s Word is alive! When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to share Love. We hear Him when we read but get so wrapped up in self that we turn away. We throw ourselves away from God for the pleasures of the world.

Notice that I have written we. Yes, I am just as much a sinner as everyone else. The difference is that I asked Jesus to save me from my sin. There is no broken vow on His part when we ask Him to save us. Does he need to hurl a skillet to knock some sense into us? Well, He has His own ways to remind us where He lives.

God breathed Words in the book of James tells us that we need to look at His Word intently.   This will keep His Truth in us away from the world. His Word He has given us living action in the Holy Spirit. We will love as He loves us, forgive as He forgives, and not be selfish.

We will be blessed in the doing of His Word, and not mirrored in the mire of self-indulgence.   We will not be like Narcissus, but we will be like Jesus.

Acts 17:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[b]



By Joan Allen Pfeiffer


God created man in His likeness,

We are not trapped in sin.

The Cross-is our Savior’s victory.

Jesus suffered there to win.


We are His beloved offspring,

Not an image of man’s design.

Jesus has proven His offering;

Salvation of your sins and mine.