We always tend to think we know ourselves better than anyone else – but You know us even better than that. Actually You are the foremost in authentically and completely comprehending us. So, we would probably say we are the next foremost in self-knowledge. But it’s amazing how much we hide from ourselves and how much we fabricate the self we’d like to present. Thus we often end up deceiving ourselves. Therefore maybe others who see more objectively might be the second best at comprehending us. That leaves us last! In other words we are, more often than not, the people who know ourselves least; and it’s our own fault!
We spend a lifetime of rationalizing and convincing ourselves that we are whom we are not. Over time we buy into this so thoroughly that the mask becomes whom we recognize as ourselves. There’s something to be considered in those funhouse mirrors with the signs that read: “See yourself as others see you.” If we truly could see ourselves as others see us we would probably be able to form a clearer image of how we actually come across and the guile involved in that image.
What God comprehends about us He has told us through You; and through You He told us how to take what we are and use it. If we accept that no one knows us better than God, and God, fully comprehending everything about us, has told us how to live, why would we pursue our own ideas of the image we want to present? It’s the difference between the false self and the true self – a difference that others may be better able to see than we.
I think it therefore behooves us, if we truly want to know ourselves, to try to look at our lives as if seeing through the eyes of different people as well as trying to see through the eyes of God as He may see us. We might just want to forget completely about presenting ourselves in any other way.