I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)
In today’s age of non-stop selfies, I wonder how we can read this verse and receive it without becoming conceited at the same time. Back when I memorized it as a child, it filled me with awe and wonder—that God designed me. As I got older, however, the teen years brought countless hours of staring and examining every inch of myself in the mirror, wishing to make some things larger, others smaller, and still other to disappear altogether. Still, that verse gave me peace knowing that he made me just as I am.
Back in the 1970s, we didn’t have to worry much about limitless photos and permanent records of our bad hair days. Pictures were easy to avoid and even burn if necessary! Flash ahead to today and we have a whole generation who proudly take multiple pictures of themselves every day and post them for all to see...
No longer are images made to be saved for future generations to giggle and gawk over, no, today’s photos are all about getting noticed—now. In real time. Once posted, it’s all about waiting to see how many likes or comments they generate; which opens ourselves up to all kinds of conceit—or insecurities depending on how it goes. If a photo is not popular, we go back and analyze ourselves from top to bottom...we try again to see if we can get more attention. As if we aren’t full of ourselves enough, Facetune—and its competitors, like Modiface, Visagelab, iPerfect, and Perfect Photo, got on board the selfie popularity trend by feeding our pride, allowing us to tweak ourselves and do virtual plastic surgery before posting. Mercy! Seriously?
We need to turn our cameras away from our face, and turn our face towards God. We need to accept ourselves as wonderfully made, and yet not be caught up in conceit in all our wonderfulness at the same time. It’s tricky, indeed! Perhaps the key is right in front of us. Our souls should know that our Creator makes wonderful things, but only in order to glorify Him and all that he’s done. Knowing Him should be what fills our hearts with praise and encourage us to say, ‘Look at Him, see his wonder’ and humbly hide ourselves behind his greatness.