Taking Spiritual Selfie

One of the most bizarre activities of today’s popular culture is taking a “selfie.” Since the introduction of smartphones that come with dual cameras, people have been posting pictures of themselves on their social media doing all sorts of weird (and sometimes incredibly inappropriate) activities. All that is needed is to hold the phone-camera at arm’s length, aim the lens at ourselves, smile, and snap. You’ve got A Selfie. An image in time that announces to the world, this is the ME I want to be. The ME I want you to see. It is the ME with a painted-on smile that hides the truth and advertises, ‘Hey everyone, look at me. Aren’t I wonderful. Isn’t my life wonderful.” But is it true?

OK, now let’s imagine we could use this amazing technology for another purpose, to take a Spiritual Selfie. A glimpse of our soul as it really is, unvarnished and brutally honest. Would you want to take one? Would you want to share one?

What would you see, what do others see? Are you excited by your spiritual life, who you’re with and what you’re doing? Are you smiling, crying, exhausted, asleep or afraid? Are you laughing, loving and leading others to a joyful life? What is in your background shot? Family and friends or are you sitting alone and afraid? What is that one thing you praise God for? Where are you in your own spiritual journey?

OK, so that’s where we are, but that’s not where we have to stay. If you don’t like where you are, then change it. But the truth is, if nothing changes in our daily life, then nothing significant is likely to change in our actual life. The key to significant spiritual growth is to develop good spiritual habits. Spiritual disciplines include worship, study, prayer, generosity, service, fellowship, and fasting. Paul wrote, “Make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by- day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing!” Romans 13:11-12