(Wo)Man in the Mirror
“I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life. It’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference. Gonna make it right.” – Michael Jackson had it right, y’all! Here’s why.
“I’m gonna make a change, for once in my life. It’s gonna feel real good, gonna make a difference. Gonna make it right… I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. And no message could have been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place. Take a look at yourself, and then make a change.” – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson had it right y’all! Welcome back to piecebyPeace. I hope so far you have enjoyed reading the first two blogs as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. When I sat down to write this morning I knew that I wanted to discuss “image” and why it’s crucial to our wholeness in Christ.
Michael Jackson’s “Man In the Mirror” came out in January 1988 as the fourth single from his seventh solo album, Bad. It peaked at number 1 in the United States when released. I find it very interesting that it in 2009, following the news of Jackson’s death, the song peaked at number 2, having re-entered the chart at 11 the previous week as his top song on the singles chart.
Why is it that out of all of the hit songs on his many albums this song is the one that hit pretty much the #1 spot after his death. Not “Bad”. Not “Remember the Times.” Not “Pretty Young Thing.” “Not Rock With You.” Not “Smooth Criminal” or one of my personal favorites, “The Way You Make Me Feel.” (Sidebar. I absolutely love stilettos…Hehehe). But, “Man in the Mirror.” Was this a coincidence? I think not.
When Jackson said, “And no message could have been any clearer”, he hit it dead on the nail head. The thing in life that is most important, to most people in this world is the image they portray. Whether someone’s concern about how they look lies more on esthetics, their professional image, their image as a parent or student. Whether they are rich or poor, people are concerned about the way they look. When they don’t like what they see, they do everything they can to change. But the question to that is are the changes they are making, the changes they need to make.
Think about how the people that are remembered, praised and spoken of the most after they die are those who had outstanding characters. I think this song hit the top of the chart after his death because it spoke about what matters most in life. It wasn’t about his dance skills or singing or about anything that he could do well. It was about the one thing her felt he was failing at.
Jackson’s song was about character change. He mentions that he needed to make a change in his ways to be better person. He didn’t like what he saw when looking in the mirror. He said early on in his career, before he even sang and produced the song, “Each day I take time out to study the Bible, no matter where I am. The teachings of the Bible have added a new dimension to my life. It, somehow, makes me whole.” – Michael Jackson, “Black Stars” Magazine interview, 1976.
So how was Michael going to make this change he sings about? And what did he want to see when he looked in the mirror? I believe Michael found his answer in the word of God.