I got a selfie stick for Christmas last year. I can't believe that's something I would have ever wanted?!? I'm still figuring it out! Do you have one?
About a year and a half ago I felt called to begin sharing my story in this online space and the journey of faith and fitness that I had been on most of my life. The most difficult and vulnerable part? Posting a selfie! Technically I'm not a pro at it (I took 15 this morning to get a decent one! lol!), but it was the struggles within that I had to fight (and still do!).
When I was a school-age girl, I went to Disney World with a friend. I remember getting in line for a ride and all along the entrance were mirrored walls. Oh how I hated it! Just don't look! I always thought my friend was prettier than me. Here she was checking her hair and primping (like girls are supposed to do!), and I just kept my head down. Get me out of here!
That was years ago, but the struggle remained. And the memory is still there. I avoided mirrors at all costs. And pictures. Just put me in the background. Or better yet, let me take the picture while you beautiful people smile for the camera!
So, if I struggle to look in the mirror, why would I want to post a picture of myself so that I (and the rest of the world) could look at it??? A selfie? Of me? Really??
But here's the deal.....
When we, when I, don't appreciate the reflection looking back at me, I'm saying to God that He didn't do a very good job. I'm not appreciating the miracle of life that He's given me and the way He has uniquely crafted me. The sin of pride doesn't come with looking in the mirror or posting the picture. It comes when we think He should've made me better. It comes when we think He didn't get it right. It comes when we need others to validate us. It comes when we compare ourselves to others.
And think of the memories you’re missing out on. What happens when your children and grandchildren look at pictures and wonder where you are. Why aren’t you in the pictures, Mom? Where’s Grandma in all the pictures? How do you answer that?
So today I'm challenging you to spend some extra time in front of the mirror. Take a selfie. You don’t even have to post it. This isn't about getting people to look at ME, but directing their (and my) attention to the One who created me. To the One who doesn't make mistakes. To the One who has a plan for each and every one of us. We can't follow that plan if we're caught up in feeling like He didn't make us right.
Embrace and celebrate the wonderful YOU He created! Give Him praise!
If you choose to take that selfie and post it on social media, be sure to tag me and use the hashtag that Kristin encourages us to use: #thebeautifultreasures Let us give you a virtual hug and praise Him, because you are fearfully and wonderfully made!
"I coach and counsel women who are tired of the gimmicks and quick fixes, and empower them to find their fit and be free to follow a plan that is right for her by keeping her eyes on her own paper and honoring herself as a woman fearfully and wonderfully made. I'm also an average yet avid runner and "mom" of our local running club. I use lessons learned from running to apply to life and lessons learned from life to apply to running to encourage other "average" runners to reach their goals."
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