SELFIES.....I spend 20 minutes making sure my hair is just right and I spend 40 minutes actually trying to take a picture that I will like with the right filter. Oh my! Does this sound familiar? On Instagram we slide through each filter at least 10 times and rank them 1-3. Number 1 being the filter you are most likely to choose.
In this blog post, I would like to take a really good look at our selfies. I don't think selfies are wrong, or a sin by any stretch. I do wonder if they are any type of reflection of where our society is today. Perhaps they are, perhaps they aren't. I would just like to get you thinking. (;
One day, I found myself needing an emotional boost about. What did I do? I didn't pray. I didn't open my Bible. I didn't even reach for chocolate. (GASP) Nope,I went straight to my instagram and started scrolling through looking all of my "SELFIES". (I must say, I was looking fine.) After I had found my personal self affirmation, I sat back and thought about what I had just done. I was trying to affirm myself based on how an instagram picture LOOKED. I would scroll through the likes to see how many each selfie got. That would make me feel even better. That's when I realized, "whoa, I gotta problem". So what did I do? (Please don't think I am trying to be Holier than thou, it was honestly a refreshing lesson God was teaching me.) I went through my instagram and wiped it clean of the pointless selfies I took. Why would I do this?????
In that moment, God began to show me my issue....I was SELF (ie)-ISH. If you need me to spell it out in simpler terms that's S E L F I S H. I was being selfish. In my attempt to make myself feel better, I would post more pictures of myself in hopes that people would comment and remind me just how beautiful I really was. One, it became addicting. Two, I was not really glorifying God.
Selfishness can be scary. Selfishness turns into pride and pride is the very thing that cost Satan everything. Insecurity can turn into pride. Caution. Why is this dangerous? Because pridefulness is the opposite characteristic of Humility. Jesus came to serve others in HUMILITY. That is our purpose! As a Christian, we are to be CHRIST -LIKE. We need to first serve God and secondly serve others in humility.
Here is the challenge. I am not asking you to delete all of your selfies. If God asks you to, then you miiiight wanna listen. My challenge is for you to begin a journey of selflessness. A journey that will lead to spending much more time thinking more of others and less of you and your situation. the surprise is that THIS way of life is MUCH more fulfilling than living to make ME happy. Why? Because in seeking selflessness, you are fulfilling your reason to live. How awesome.
Philippians 2:3 KJV- Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory (Vanity/Selfishness); but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Think of others higher than yourself).