Freddy Krueger was scary. I mean really s-c-a-r-y!
He was the central character in the 1980’s Nightmare on Elm Street film series and he scared the living daylights out of me. Images of his scarred skin, clawed glove, and dark brown fedora hat still evoke hair-raising sensations. The dude was frightening. The most spine-chilling image I had seen.
At least he was until I started looking at “selfies.”
Oh, I’m not talking about our endless fascination with taking our own pictures. No, no. I’m speaking of the egocentric personality traits that riddle our society and, far too often, inhabit my own soul. You know traits like being self-centered, self-indulgent, or self-absorbed. Concentration on these types of selfies often produces outcomes that aren’t aligned with God’s will for us.
My Top 3 Scary Selfies
I struggle with so many “selfies” it’s hard to focus on just three. But, for the sake of time, here are this month’s top challenges:
- Self-will: Its hardheadedness or a stubborn adherence to one’s own desires or ideas. I have a difficult time understanding why everyone doesn’t get how I’m always right. I once thought there was a time when I blundered but I was wrong. C’mon, people, listen to me. I know what’s best.
- Self-reliance: So, so guilty of this one. Most times I try to go it alone. “I can handle it” is my mantra but, geez, that’s both foolish and futile. Relying solely on my own effort is generally my first impulse in any given situation. Unfortunately, this particular “selfie” rarely leaves room for God or His work in me.
- Self-justification: Oh, boy! This is the big enchilada! It fits me like Freddy’s custom-made glove. When I don’t want to do something I need to do, I always have a darn good, really good excuse why it’s okay not to do it. My mind can justify my decision in a nano-second. Help me here. Am I the only who falls victim to this toxic “selfie?”
A White Hat Selfie
As with most things, not all selfies are created equal. There are a few that rest on the positive side of the spectrum. One is an attribute of the fruit of the Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:23
As part of our successful growth in the faith, 2 Peter 1: 5-7 actually lists self-control in the sequence of features that distinguishes us as partakers of the divine nature. See for yourself – read the passage the next time you’re in God’s Word.
Self-control doesn’t come easily for me; perhaps because, on my own, it is out of reach. It is by the power of the Holy Spirit, who lives in the hearts of all believers, that I’m able to claim some small measure of success in this regard.
There is an invitation for all of us to tame the Freddy Krueger selfies inside us. That transformation, for me, is only possible by a closer relationship with God.
“Come and cast this self-life and flesh-life at the feet of Jesus.” ~ Andrew Murray
What “selfies” in your life need to be cast at the feet of Jesus, dear friends?
Be a blessing,