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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What's Your 'Selfie' Saying?

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Portrait of Myself

There were a couple of things I read recently that caused me to pause and reflect.  The first was a statement made on FaceBook by a gal I went to junior high with and the second was a poem attributed to Teresa of Avila entitled Christ Has No Body.

My former classmate and Facebook friend, Shawn Garner, suggested:  

"If you could take a selfie of your soul, would you find it attractive enough to post?"

A little bit later I came across the poem Christ Has No Body:

Christ has no body but yours, 
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
Compassion on this world,
Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.
Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.
Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks 
compassion on this world.
Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

What a pause.  Am I living righteously?  I don’t necessarily mean upright and moral here, of course that is implied; however I do mean righteous living as in – Do I fear God?  To Fear God is to Live Right.  Am I living a life so exemplified that when a person looks at me that they don’t see me but see Jesus?  

I have always told my kids ‘be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little ears what you hear, be careful little mouth what you say, be careful little feet where you go, be careful little hands what you do’.  These words are from a children’s song sung long ago in Sunday School and one I sang to my own children (and still do although they are grown).

Stop. Read that again and let it sink in:

Be careful little eyes what you see, be careful little ears what you hear, be careful little mouth what you say, be careful little feet where you go, be careful little hands what you do:  for the Father up above is looking down in love so be careful little …eyes, ears, mouth, feet, hands.  


I am a servant.  Where I go, what I do, what I say, why I say or believe what I do, what I listen to all impact my witness which equals my ‘selfie’.  I serve a living Saviour whom I love and worship with all my being.  The Holy Spirit guides me closer daily as I seek Him and as I walk closer, as I draw nearer, as I live daily He lives in me.  The King is who I want my ‘selfie’ to portray.  I want others to see Jesus, to know Jesus, to want to know Jesus and desire to seek him and serve him too.

Each day I awaken to a fresh beginning full of grace and mercy that my God provides.  In Romans it tells me that I am a sinner, that I have fallen short of his glory but it also tells me that I am loved.  Christ loves me.  He loves me so much he gave his life for me and I believe, yes, I believe he rose and set me apart so that my sins are washed.  And the Word of God tells me that because Christ is in me I am dead yet my spirit is alive and it is because of righteousness.  See, my right living is a healthy dose of striving to be careful, to daily see that my hands, feet, eyes, ears and tongue honour God.  I am not perfect by any means.  I am a sinner.  Always a sinner saved by Grace.  It is that grace and that love and that outpouring of the Holy Spirit that I want to shine through me so that my ‘selfie’ is a reflection of the King of Kings.

One of my favorite verses, if not the most favorite is Philippians 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you.  I love my friends and family near and far and those I do not know yet as friend.  I want these friends to know Jesus too because then they also will understand Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  

I want you my friend to know my friend, Jesus.  I want his light that glows in my heart and in my life to shine so bright that when you look at me you see him instead.  There is no other like him and I pray my ‘selfie’, my self-portrait is the image of Christ because he loves you that much and I do too.

If you seek him, you will find him.   Leave me a comment if you want prayer and I will thank my God every time for you.  If you want this selfie of Jesus let me know and I'll introduce him to you if you don't know him.  He's waiting for you too.

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