I am captivated by the Oxford Dictionary word of the year for 2013, “selfie.” A selfie is a self-portrait photograph which you take of yourself with a smart phone and then you post it on social media. The popularity of taking a picture of yourself with your smart phone has grown so much that AAA sent out a warning reminding people not to take selfies while driving. It seems not a few accidents have been caused while people have been taking their eyes off the road to focus on themselves. Literally and metaphorically, if I spend my time thinking of myself, what I want, my will, or my pleasures, what I don’t have, can’t do, I’ll end up full of selfishness, greed, complaining, grumbling, whining, broken relationships, loneliness, and despair. A bad case of the selfies can wreck your car, but getting wrapped up in yourself can also wreck your life. If we are chosen by God, loved and challenged to live as who we are as children of God, we are to be wrapped up in Jesus and not wrapped up in ourselves. We are not made to live and to honor and please, glorify, and worship ourselves. We are made to honor, worship, and glorify God. So, whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Take your eyes off yourself and put your eyes on Jesus today.
– Dr. Tim Thompson