We live in the land of selfies. Pictures of ourselves—taken by…none other than ourselves. And I’m wondering why couldn’t I have invented the selfie-stick? Our teenager opened two on Christmas, my adopted mom finding one under her tree, as well. We love ourselves some selfies—for sure.
So there is what I call selfie-logic (oh yea, made that word up with the help of my teenager), that most abide by. But some don’t. For instance, a selfie with a stranger is…um…just strange. I think. And if you stay on YouTube long enough, you’ll see people taking selfies with lions, tigers, and–-in Canada anyway—it’s popular to take a selfie while being chased by bears. Oh my!!! At least that’s one thing my mom didn’t have to worry about. Mom: “Don’t talk to strangers, don’t adjust your radio dial while driving, Oh, and remember do NOT take selfies with bears!!!” Me: Okaaaaay moooom, no bear selfies tonight!
Then there is what I call Selfie-talk. (Adjective)-A word used to talk about, pose for, and create the best selfies. Like those who are selfie masters know exactly what angle to use, and what a duck mouth is. Similar to the painful face I make when I’ve burned my lips on mozzarella the temperature of hot lava, I guess. And let me tell you, making a duck mouth is no quacking matter. (Sorry, I couldn’t help myselfie.) Then you have the serious selfie, the silly selfie, the selfie that highlights eyebrows that are on fleek, the selfie–perfect lighting… Shew. I don’t know about you—but I’m a little sick of myselfie!!
So in 2016, I resolve to be less about me, and more about you. To make sure my self-reflection is not self-obsession. To allow my conversations to be solely about someone else. Generating motives, thoughts and prayers outside of me. To embrace the world beyond the ripples of my reflection. There is a world of beautiful hearts created by a beautiful Creator. I don’t want to miss them while staring into my mud-puddle.
Sure, it’s plausible to set goals for my health. God knows I want to take care of the temple he has allotted me, for the years I have. And setting aspirations centered on learning, creating, and mending, are awesome as well. Learning something new can revitalize the soul, a mended relationship can make it sing. And a goal set and accomplished, always deserves a big round of applause! I mean, who doesn’t love a big round of applause? I know I do!
But it seems no one can cheer louder for me than the God who created me. Inevitably, a musty sadness leaks in when I concentrate on my hurt feelings, my unmet expectations, and my circumstances. Also, I can’t help but wonder why, if “self” is so satisfying, why we buy so much, fight so much, drink so much, work so much, and hurt so much…While working with chemically dependent patients, I can attest to the fact people didn’t use because they were full—they used because they were empty.
And so my prayer is that when others see me—they see a reflection of Him. That I would keep myself full of Him. My waters murky, my flaws magnified, and my worries distracting. But God resolves to love us beyond human comprehension. To forgive our selfishness, clapping louder for you than anyone else ever will or can. Do you hear it? I do.
Happy 2016 to You!!!
He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the Lord was my support. He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. (Psalm 18:16-19).
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