I've seen it more times than I wish to -- girls snapping photos in the dressing room in the shortest tube dresses they can squeeze into and then posting it on their social networking pages. As if wearing the dress in real life isn't bad enough, now they have it documented in the public archives of their lives.
What is with the obsession of snapping photos of ourselves, then
posting them on our social feeds?
I think it all has to do with the little thing called vanity.
Oooooh, how it hurts to admit it.
Our vanity is easily fed by the technology around us. We want folks to look at us and admire our beauty and material possessions, but what if we desired for people to admire our hearts? I don't mean becoming a Pharisee with a "holier than thou" attitude, but living a life that exemplifies character rather than what a camera or mirror can capture.
We are in great need of examining ourselves in a mirror, and I'm not referring to the ones on the wall or in our purses. The mirror I'm referring to examines the reflections of our hearts -- the Bible. God has left His Word as a way for us to reflect on His goodness and statutes. We need to look deeply into His mirror to see if we are truly reflecting Him!
So here is a challenge to you and me: let's purpose to spend an equal amount of time in reflecting on what is in our hearts as we do reflecting on our outward appearances. Yes, we must take time to properly groom ourselves to be presentable, and I love to see the joy of youthful delight through a photo on social media, but the young woman who portrays the wily Proverbs 7 woman brings disgrace and temptation to all who view her picture. The immodest photos young women snap from their dressing rooms are displaying their bodies in a way that creates lust. Perhaps many don't realize what this is doing to the men around them, but then again, many do.
We must be very careful of the way we present ourselves to the world. A photo can speak a thousand words, and as Christians, we should desire for those words to be honoring to our Heavenly Father!
Ask yourself what the world sees. For me, I hope you see Jesus : )