Selfie

According to Wikipedia, a “selfie” is a type of self-portrait photograph often associated with social networking. They are casual pictures typically taken at arm’s length or in a mirror, and include either only the photographer and as many people as can be in focus.

As the number of these mini photos increases, I began wondering about their impact on our consciousness. I looked up the root word “self” and its meanings which included personality, nature, character, identity, person, and ego. Other words came to mind, such as selfish, self-centered, self-image, self-motivated, self-talk, self-contained, self-absorbed the more I studied.

The “selfie” catapulted the world into new layers of photography, and increased the desire to be noticed.  Lots and lots of people are taking “selfies” and some are being taken in exotic and challenging places because the technology makes it easy.   These snapshots capture our “selves” wanting to be exposed. With each one we become objects of curiosity.   These self-portraits may intensify the war raging between our spirit and our flesh, and create a hunger to be seen.

There are lots of things that divert our attention.  And the more and more our internal lens becomes blinded by self, the easier it becomes to yield ourselves to the “self.”  God created us in His image and likeness.  Are we worshiping the creation more than the Creator?

What do you think?  I am interested in your thoughts on “selfie.” Drop me a comment.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selfie

Man’s Image

God made man in His Image.[Genesis 1:26-27] Within man’s image, the essence of the divine resides, and man was originally designed to reflect that essence, and to carry out God’s plans.  Man was told to prosper, reproduce, and subdue the earth; be a steward – a reasonable manager in the administration of his duties on the earth.   Man’s image should mirror and be in alignment with our Heavenly Father.    What a glorious gift and inheritance!  And yet stories like the one involving the slain students near the campus of Auburn University, you can’t help but to grieve.   Our people perish for a lack of knowledge.  So many don’t know who they are and what is their purpose.

Made in the image of God, and yet we hate ourselves.  Our reflection has been damaged, distorted and diseased by the enemy.  We no longer reflect our original image, nor carry out the purpose and plans for which we were designed.

But there is good news!   Our image can be restored!   Christ, our Savior, the hope of glory is our master conduit through which we are remade into a new “creation.”   With His precious blood, He restores our divine image and set us on the path to our purpose.  Through Christ we prosper, reproduce, and fulfill our duties.     Through Christ the world learns the truth about – man’s image.    Reflect today!