Instagram Instagram on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

“Mirror, mirror upon the wall, Who is the fairest of all?”
We all know the story.
We know the agony of the queen knowing that there is someone fairer.
We know that she needs that mirror in order to feel beautiful.
We all know the ending.

The crazy thing?
This isn’t a fairy tale.
We all have our mirror now.
It’s amazing.
It’s called Instagram. Or whatever your social media photo crack is…
Never before have we been able to take 5 amazing pictures of ourselves…
Pick the best…
Filter that mug…
Share it with really nice people…
And have them tell us how amazing we look or how beautiful we are or how amazing our hair or lack of hair is…

Here’s the deal.
The speed in which our society operates today delivers instant gratification to a spirit that I don’t believe was created to handle the pace of the fake praise we get.
It.  Is.  Not.  Real.  🙂
Just as you believe that someone would not walk up to you and say the horrible things that they say online to your face, they wouldn’t fill you with praise either.
Now listen.
I’m not saying that these “friends” don’t think you are beautiful.
I’m just saying that the instant gratification that our souls get from this isn’t the healthiest.
So we have our mirror.
And it works.
It’s like crack.

How do you manage this?
I started meditating on this…
Ephesians 4:22-24
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Putting off your old self and putting on your new self isn’t an elective.  It’s not an option.
This is the core curriculum in the school of Christ. It is a requirement for graduation.

So listen…
If your mirror tells you that you are the “fairest of them all” when you walk up to make sure you don’t have anything in your teeth, then THAT’S OK.  You probably are more beautiful than you know what to do with…
That isn’t the problem.
The problem is the question.
“Mirror, mirror upon the wall, Who is the fairest of all?”
When you walk up to the mirror and ask…
Then you lose the new self and put on the old self.

So share your life, share your image, just don’t use social media to replace the identity Christ died on a cross to give you.
Los