Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year is “selfie.”
“Selfie” is defined as “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website.”
We have become a society absorbed with ourselves. If truth be told, however, the images so often projected are not reality. They’ve been fussed over and filtered to reveal a “self” that we think may be appealing but — who are we fooling?
God calls us on our folly —and our focus— in I Samuel 16:7, “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
If Harrison were nineteen-years-old and not nine months, I guarantee you she wouldn’t upload this:
Alas, here is our baby in full-blown “selfie” mode. She is crying because she is not getting her way. While crawling on the playroom floor, she found some paper and decided to stick it in her mouth. She is screaming because her loving and protective Mommy refused to let her swallow the stuff.
Watching Harrison’s reaction this afternoon was quite convicting to me. Sadly, this is how my “selfies” often look.
When I choose to let my self-centeredness, self-pity, self-promotion, self-reliance, and selfish desires distract me from concentrating on the One who loves me most and has the best in store for my life, I inevitably throw a tantrum.
Restlessness, frustration, stress, fear, insecurity, and discouragement are the snapshots whenever the lens is turned on me and not my Master.
However, when He’s in focus, the lighting is always good, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim You, who walk in the light of Your presence, O Lord,” (Psalm 89:15) and there’s peace, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You,” (Isaiah 26:3).
Now that’s a picture worth posting.