Mixed Messages: the beauty behind the "selfie"

The world can be such a confusing place. It’s full of so many mixed messages about who we are and who we are supposed to be. Lately there has been such an abundance of articles demonizing this popular concept of the “selfie.” I want to look at it from a different angle today.

The world puts so much emphasis on beauty- no wait, scratch that- the world puts so much emphasis on their photoshopped, flawless, impossible, never changing, never aging definition of beauty.  The world tells us “you are beautiful in your own unique way.” Yet, it constantly is shoving tall emaciated flawlessly enhanced models in our faces. It really has done a lot of damage to the way we view ourselves, and therefore the way we view the world.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14

In the original Hebrew text of the Bible, the word fearfully means: “with great reverence, heart-felt interest and with respect. The word wonderfully means: unique, set apart, marvelous.” The God who dug out the oceans and built the mountains took a special and earnest interest in creating YOU. He didn’t just pour a mold. He didn’t just carelessly throw you together because he needed another human to fill the planet. He stitched you together with the greatest of care, and then marveled at your beauty. He placed inside of you a soul and a plan. He was in awe of his creation and all of it’s potential. You are awesomely and marvelously made, and you have been given a purpose. Don’t forget that you are unique and that you have a special job to do in serving our awesome God and serving others that only you can do. No one else can fill your shoes.

“So what does my selfie have to do with it?” You ask. Well, for the first time in a long time, we have the power to redefine our definition. We have the tools to say what beauty is. It’s right in the palm of our hand. You see, I think it’s silly, and a bit confusing for me to say to you that you are God’s masterpiece, fearfully and wonderfully made and beautiful in his eyes and then proceed to demonize you for wanting to show that beauty to the world or being proud of who God made you to be.

If you’ve read anything I’ve written, you know that I wholeheartedly believe and proclaim that true and real soul deep beauty comes from a heart that is wholly given to Jesus Christ. That is the most important beauty for us to pursue. Time spent in the word of God beats time spent in front of the mirror any day. We can grasp at the impossible standard that the world has set for us or sit at the feet of Jesus and be confident in our God- who he is, what he has done, and who he has created us to be.

Im certainly not condoning narcissism. {We all know that girl who can’t stop posting selfies.}  That’s not the path of beauty either. Baiting people for virtual likes to fill a void in our own life is not God’s plan for his daughters. Competing with others, getting our self esteem from what people can see on the outside, or shamelessly baring our bodies on the internet – those are all marks of the woman of the world not the woman of God that we are growing to look like.

However, God does want us to be confident in our Creator, feel loved by Him, and be proud of the beautiful masterpiece He has crafted and is still working on. He looks on us with love and pride when we have a heart for him and when we truly understand where our identity is and our true beauty lies. He wants that for me and for you and for your mom and your sister and your future daughters.

So, go ahead, girls, click away. Show the world what real beauty looks like. Show the world what the work of God’s hand looks like when it’s truly “unaltered.” Lets change the way we look at ourselves and the way others see us. Let’s show the world the confident glow of a girl after Christ’s heart.

I want to see your selfies! Hashtag #thefulltimegirl on Instagram so we can all see your beautiful faces and encourage one another to embrace who God has created. Ready go!

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9 comments

  1. I LOVE THIS POST. I was actually thinking about this the other day. I’ve been gulity of searching for approval with some of my selfies and its always so much deeper than that. Ill try to rmbr to hashtag “thefulltimegirl on my pics.

    God Bless

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  2. I love this one!
    I have being falling into this “selfie” photos this days!!
    But, tHanks to your post, and knowing that our self-esteem doesn’t
    Comes from an edited photo will make us beautiful!
    We are perfect Creation of God!
    God Bless you Girl!!

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  3. Thank you for the post. Ive also fallen inlove with this selfie pics recently, id edit my pics and turn them into something i am not… From today on, nomore editing of photos cause im beautiful inside out i dont need an approval from an edited pic… God bless you!!

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  4. You so eloquently and gracefully crafted this post. Women have for so long not realized the beauty that we posses. One of the main reasons we cannot progress in our lives because we don’t know who we are. Thank you for this.

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  5. Still can’t get over how beautiful this message is and how your selfy challenge impacted so many girls! I hope to see more of the community of girls who read your posts, engage in lifting each other up and inspiring one another.

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  6. This is good;very inspiring and thought provoking.The world needs a generation of BEAUTIFUL women who understands that their beauty springs from the presence of God in them,the aura they dispense screams BEAUTY not because they are trying to be one but because they are allowing God find expression through them.They understand who they are in xrist and know that beauty is not gotten by trying to xpose the cleaveage,erotic clothings or other vain things the world has set as starndards for being beautiful.keep the good work up,more grace and annointing*hugs*

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  7. Love this post and thank you so much for your on-going input into my life. I am slowly but surely growing and becoming more mature in my faith and closer to my Father God. Thank you so much for being an amazing example to me and to so many others. God bless x

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