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Why Selfies Make You Hate Yourself

March 20, 2014

A study by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reveals that selfies are responsible for a rise in plastic surgery.   If you don’t know, a selfie is a picture taken of one’s self using a phone.  Apparently, selfies have resulted in leading many people to criticize their appearance to a greater extent, which has led to more plastic surgery.

How do you see yourself?  I’m not talking about your physical appearance alone.  I’m talking about how you see the entirety of your life – your attitudes, priorities, relationships, behaviors, and soul.  This is an important determiner for each of us concerning how we live our lives.  For Christians, it is especially important because the Bible has much to say on the topic.  Here are a few thoughts about self knowledge.

(1)  We all have blind spots (Psalm 139:6; Matt. 5:3-7; James 1:23-24).  There are things you don’t see or know about yourself.  Physically, you have never seen your own face directly with your eyes because the placement of your eyes won’t let you.  You and I are limited to know ourselves just as easily spiritually and emotionally.

(2)  Other people can harm our view of ourselves (James 3:1-12).  Toxic and ugly words flung by injured people can infiltrate our minds and blur the foundational worth we have of being created in God’s image (Gen. 1:27).

(3)  Other people can help us come to see the truths that escape our own sight.  A person who loves you and can speak the truth (Eph. 4:15) can help you come to know your self better.  Accountability and soul-reflection are universally needed.  Blind spots hurt us.  They keep us in destructive patterns.  But exposing the truth (Eph. 5:13), as difficult as that can be, sets us free.

(4) The Christian gains self-knowledge in Christ (find the phrase “in Christ” throughout the NT).  Christ reveals three things about us.  First, Christ reveals the truth of our sin by exposing it on the cross.  Destructive blind spots are revealed and our denial is challenged.  Second, Christ reveals our worth to God through His gracious love that cannot be stopped by our sin.  Third, Christ reveals wisdom about the best way to live, in that He shows us the goodness of a selfless life.  The example of Jesus is the wisdom of God right before our eyes.

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  1. Beth permalink
    March 21, 2014 7:28 am

    And in case you haven’t heard this lately, others see you as a vibrant and shining example of the light of Jesus Christ. You are intentional, kind, and relevant. Your family is precious. Your wife is a jewel. None of that makes life easy or gets things to line up ‘just right’ and that only enhances your appeal as you respond to it. Thank you!!

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