I know we are living in the age of the selfie generation.
We open the camera phone, focus on ourselves within the frame, find the beautiful angle, emote, and click for the ultimate selfie of the day. In fact, FB is not complete without selfies.
Is the social media affecting your self-esteem and confidence?
1. Take a Picture of the Inner Person.
Have you observed that a person’s pictures manifest a lot about one’s self-esteem?
Today photo labs are constant friends to edit and remove the blemishes, wrinkles, and dark textures. Except that it cannot remove the blemishes of the inner being.
Most people try to look good. We take several shots and sort out our pictures and post only what reflects the beautiful us.
There’s nothing wrong with our appreciation for beauty. It’s the obsession with it that’s creating problems, like the teenager who constantly compares his or her self with the beautifully photoshopped people in magazines and social pages.
Don’t put your legitimacy on your Instagram, but on God. Like the Psalmist who sang, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Take a close up picture of your inner person. You’re God’s unique and intricate design. There’s none like you.
2. Tell God What You’re Really Feeling About Yourself.
People often have unhealthy concept of their own self. As such, many succumbed to insecurities or overconfidence. What I’m asking is only for a healthy level of confidence.
When the Psalmist said, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” it shows a sanctified boasting that declares God’s intelligent design in us.”
Now don’t misjudge this to say that people should be fearful of your appearance or dread your face. It actually says God extremely made you with utmost details and care–and is delighted to have done so.
Life is more than photoshoot. People take pains to edit their external appearance and feel good about it. But once you find your real worth and value before God, His new version of you matters.
Start praising God for who you really are and have a renewed view of your self.
3. Trust God’s Wonderful Picture of You.
Well, at least, thank God for the technology. We can take better shots for our families, capture memories, and not just for our selfie.
Through social media, we can express ourselves, connect with more people, and build a community (and hopefully, not lose touch with reality).
But as these technology, gadgets, and apps did not appear without a maker, we too have to take a close look at our Creator and trust His intelligent design.
God designs for a purpose and it is good. As the psalmist said, “your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” So get to know more of yourself–how God designed your body, experiences, and ideas.
Stop comparing yourself with others–and avoid focusing too much on yourself.
As for me, my perfect selfie is taking a close look within and seeing myself in the lenses of God.
Glenn Plastina (c) 2017