From high profile celebrities to world leaders, we all seem to be doing it – taking selfies. Selfies have become a part of our everyday lives, and like them or hate them, it seems like they are here to stay.
Thanks to social media, it doesn’t matter who you are, you now have a personal platform available to you where you can be placed centre stage. Instead of focussing on that beautiful landscape and bringing it to the foreground with a well captured photo, set yourself in the frame, take a selfie and the landscape becomes the background to a much more important image: YOU!
Today, not only is it important that we capture ourselves in every photo, but even more disconcerting is the obsession with capturing the ‘perfect’ selfie. Admit it, how many times do you delete your selfie before actually posting the image that captures you in the absolute perfect pose? Selfies allow us to present ourselves to the world at large in the exact way we would like the world to perceive us. It is the ideal opportunity to depict ourselves as more than we truly are.
Yet as great as that may sound to many, as I write this I am filled with trepidation as I question whether we are in fact turning into a society of narcissists (someone who has an excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance). Today more than in any other time in history, image seems to be everything.
While image may be important, seeing ourselves as we truly are is what really matters. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 it says: “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (NIV).
Rather than being self-centered, the Bible calls on us to be Christ-centred. If you want to capture the perfect self-image, project the image of Christ by inviting the Holy Spirit into all that you do, and by spending time in the presence of The Lord. When you begin to ask the Holy Spirit to transform you continually from glory to glory then you will begin to project the perfect self-image as you reflect the glory of Christ. And in so doing then the world will be able to see you as you truly are. And in Christ that will be the perfect selfie!
[Image credit: the selfie]