When I see photos of you with your friends and families posted on Facebook, I envy you.
You don’t seem worried about how you look in the pictures. Instead, you’re smiling and enjoying the camaraderie shared by those who obviously enjoy spending time with you.
I wish I were more like you because I often refrain from having my picture taken, worrying all my physical flaws will be frozen forever in that snapshot.
Obviously, with this mindset, I’ve missed out on many Kodak moments. Therefore, I want to develop a different perspective.
Instead of being preoccupied with how unphotogenic I am, I will ask God to help me see myself the way others see me, especially the ones who want me to be in the pictures with them.
Obviously, I’ve got to begin with not focusing on myself so much, especially regarding my outward appearances – which brings me to the verse I want to focus on this week:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (Colossians 3:12 NIV 1984).
What if I were to believe that I have, indeed, been chosen and am dearly loved by God, Himself? Wouldn’t that reality change the way I see myself? Wouldn’t it change the way you see yourself, too? Eventually, the reality of that kind of status could equip (and motivate) us to become more compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient.
I believe that as we continue to change, our character would become so attractive that it would even begin to radiate in our countenance, reflecting the One Whose character we desire to emulate. As we become less focused on ourselves, including how we look, we just might become more relaxed and actually enjoy being a part of other people’s lives more.
Though I still might not run to have my picture taken, perhaps by developing this mindset, I will stop running away from the chance of being included in someone’s photo album or Facebook post – or (did you notice?) finally updating my photo for my blog and Facebook!
What about you?
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- Are you overly preoccupied with your physical appearance?
- If so, how does it affect your life?