BY: John Carey
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BIBLE TEXT: 1 Peter 2:9: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: I have spent the last ten years of my life working directly with teenagers both in a church setting and in the public school system. I have had the pleasure of seeing a lot of trends and fads come and go, most of which I was glad to see go. The latest phenomenon that I have witnessed is the almighty “selfie.” For those of you who might have missed the craze that is sweeping the nation, it is a photograph that someone takes of himself by turning the camera lens towards them while stretching out their arm as far as it can go. They snap a picture of themselves making a number of different types of faces (duck face, sad face, happy face, etc., etc.). We have even declared Sunday, “Selfie Sunday.” Now, I would be lying if I told you that I have never taken part in the rush of selfie taking. I have done it on a number of occasions. It was during my last selfie shoot, however, that I came to a realization. I took and retook a picture of my self 6 times looking for the right angle, lighting, filter, and the “look” that would be worthy of posting on the internet. I realized at that moment, in the midst of an innocent selfie, that I was trading REALITY for RECOGNITION.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: I think we, as humans, are constantly searching for an identity that the world will view as acceptable. I am as guilty as anyone. As a coach I was constantly looking for acceptance and approval from the coaching community because of the success we had as a team. When we allow ourselves to trade in our reality for others’ recognition we have missed the boat. Our God has crafted each one of us to perfection. He has filled us with the breath of life and a gift that only we possess. He has awakened a hope inside of us by calling us forward to a destiny that is only ours and has given us each our own purpose. The reality is that His steadfast love should be enough for Me, My Selfie, and I.
PRAYER: My prayer is that I realize that His mercy and grace are truly enough and that we, as Christians, strive for His acceptance. I pray we realize we are empowered by the King of Kings and that it is our responsibility to use what He has placed in our hands.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A middle age man that will continue to take the almighty Selfie but will only look for acceptance from the Almighty One!