The Curse Of The Selfie

There is a curse that my generation has been handed.
And it’s more than likely staring at you right now.
Like literally. Staring at you non stop.
You feel like you control it.
But it actually controls you.

It’s that eye at the top of your laptop screen.
It’s that self facing lens on your iPhone or Android.

You see for most of the life of a camera, the only glass that would face you was the viewfinder to see what is on the OTHER side of the glass.
But now?
You are the subject of your own lens.
And in theory this should be a fantastic thing.
Albeit for social media.

You see what I have learned in my own life is, the seasons where my Instagram feed is filled with more than 50% selfies (I can’t believe I just typed that word), I’m searching for significance.
And this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
I mean when you see a picture of yourself, it is only human nature to want others to see it, and in our new world of instant feedback, tell you how beautiful you are.
This isn’t bad.
But when my feed begins to fill up with my own face more than the faces around me…
It says something.

I went through a phase where almost EVERYDAY I would take a selfie.
Then post it.
Then wait for people to tell me things.
Nice things.

I mean seriously? THIS WAS 1 MONTH IN 2011!!!  HAHAHAHAHAHA
I swear I apologize for that season if you were on my Instagram feed.
Jesus come quickly.
Yet in that season I was DESPERATELY searching for significance.
Desperately.

I think everyones #Desperate level is different.
For some it is dangerous.
For others it is not.
But you need to weigh your reasons…

All the same we are searching for something in selfies that we won’t ever be able to find in the likes and comments of others.
That is our identity in Christ.
Every man, woman, boy and girl is desperately trying to find it.
Even if they don’t know it.
But they won’t find it in their LCD screen.
They will only find it when they turn the lens back to where it is supposed to be satisfied in the words of Christ alone…

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:5

See. Even Christ Himself knew that His Vine app is the only one that matters.
What are your thoughts of selfies and our self esteem?
Los

Oh. And PS.
I’m currently doing Crossfit and I’m just sayin…
The day I see an ab, or 1/2 an ab, I’m posting that badboy.