Someone said that 2014 was the year of the selfie.
So what was the greatest selfie?
The Greatest Selfie - There is none.
No Seriously - Does any selfie ever turn out really well?
They make your nose look enormous.
They put you all out of proportion.
They normally make one head look bigger than another when there are two or more of you.
Now Fred & I may be up to date with a lot of technical things (most people know that we like computers and ipads) but we are not that much into phones.
However in the past year we have taken a few selfies on our phones when we were on holiday in Malta in August (top left & middle left below), waiting for the ST. Patrick's Day parade here in Northern Ireland in March (bottom right) and when we were having a walk around a lake near our home in the summertime when we wanted to get the ducks in the background (middle right).
Then I remembered we had taken one the previous Christmas time with our son on a walk around an old castle (bottom left) and over 5 years ago we had taken some when we were on a hot air balloon flight in Belgium (top right)
But in no way would I have thought of any of those as being great photos of us, just ones that make us laugh.
However there are a few different types of selfies within our family that are more unique
Daniel and Linda outside Daniel's old music studio about 7 years ago.
One I took in the mirror in our hallway early last year.
Then there is this one that I took last week on the ipad when Fred & I were chatting on facetime while he was working in Luxembourg.
Selfies are definitely the in thing and that is further proved by all the new poles to hold your phone so that you can have the phone further out to help take a decent selfie, to make sure the camera is not too close to that nose.
And the other factor about the selfie is that we can have the picture right there and then on our phone or ipad, no waiting!
Yes, This is a selfie generation.
Which ultimately leads it to being a selfish generation.
Selfies focus all attention on you.
It is all about you.
It is all about you.
Life today is full of
the ME mentality,
the NOW mentality
the MUST HAVE mentality.
Oh Lord that we would be able to look beyond ourselves and have the panoramic picture of what you want for the world and for each of us and not the selfie picture.
If we get drawn into this selfie mentality we are not going to be in the plan of God.
The Bible teaches us to love others, to care for others, to intercede for others but how will we know how to do this if we have this selfie mentality, if we are only focused on ourselves.
Let's focus on God because as we do so we will find that we are open to the prompting of His Spirit to intercede for others.
Let's focus more on God because as we do so we will have more love to extend to others.
Let's focus more on God because as we do so we will become more like Jesus and experience His caring nature for others.
I don't want to be in the little group of me, myself and I - do you?
The Bible also teaches us that people will know we are Christians by our Love which will be like Christ's Love.
I am so thankful that Jesus did not have the selfie mentality.