That time we had church in the car. With Michael Jackson.

While driving with the kids yesterday, Man in the Mirror came on the radio. I started singing along because, obviously.

From the back, Owen yelled, “Mom, what does this song even MEAN!?”

I proceeded to explain, “It means if there’s something you wish could be different in the world, go ahead and do it. Be it. Don’t wait around for someone else to make it better. You make it better. Even if you’re a kid. If you wish people were more kind and generous… BE more kind and generous. Then maybe people will see your example and they’ll change too. Or if you’re sad that some kids don’t have food to eat… DO SOMETHING to help give them food. Don’t assume someone else will do it. You do something.

“Owen, when you look in the mirror, who is the boy you see?”

“Um. Me?”

“Yes! And Molly, when you look in the mirror, who’s the little girl you see?”


“That’s right! That’s why the song says he’s talking to the man in the mirror. Rather than worrying about other people doing the right thing – or waiting for other people to do the right thing – you just go on and do it. Got it?”


Cue raucous singalong.


“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12

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