In the Loop: Breaking Through Vanity: Taking A SelfiEvaluation

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

 “Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, and revive me in Your ways.” 
(Psalm 119:37)

It’s summertime! Beach bodies, spray tans, and gym memberships. This is the perfect time of year for a SelfiEvaluation! You read that right, a Selfie Evaluation!

The selfie is a way to show the world a perfect still glimpse of who we are in one moment of time. No one knows that we took that picture 20 times, before we got that one perfect look! Sound familiar? However, if we’re not careful the constant picture taking and constant focus on self can border on vanity.

We want to make a disclaimer here: We understand the social norms of taking selfies and sharing them and by no means want anyone to think that we’re saying stop taking fun pictures of yourselves and posting them to social media sites. Hey, because we do it too! We do realize however, that women are often objectified by their looks and this can in turn create a social need for us to look our best physically knowing the ubiquitous inevitability of judgment and obsession which comes with outward appearance.

Talking about the self as it pertains to our physical appearance is typically a sensitive topic for many women as it may bring with it, shame and disgust, resistance, fear of judgment, and ridicule.

The way our bodies look, the way we dress, or wear our hair shouldn’t be the main attraction of our lives as Christian women. It shouldn’t determine if we’re going to have a good or a bad day. We've found that so often the constant need to dress to impress has led to depression and low self esteem in young girls because they "don't measure up to their peers" and it has led to pride, over consumption, and materialism in adult women because of the need to meet societal standards of beauty. It has even trickled into the churches, being preached from the pulpits and hammered in our ladies bible classes on how to dress like a lady and "look the part" of a woman of God.

So, for the month of July, we will be Breaking Through Vanity: Taking a SelfiEvaluation of the constant need for us women to showcase our bodies as if this is what matters to God. Through four TRUTH TUESDAY lessons, we will break through the church's legalistic commands to "look the part," and society's standard of what a "real woman" looks like.

July 7, 2015 – Wounded Self(ie)
July 14, 2015 – Earthly Self(ie)
July 21, 2015 – Authentic Self(ie)
July 28, 2015 – Radical Self(ie)

Yes, God created us in His glorious image, but not for us to place more emphasis on the image, than the glory!

This is not just a message to “young girls,” as we know Peter explicitly told wives in 1 Peter 3:3-5 to not place so much emphasis on their outward appearance, but to continually improve the inner person of the heart. This same suggestion can apply to the seasoned saint, single woman, teen, or divorcee...the hidden woman is the one who should be dressed.

When we allow anyone or anything other than God to define beauty for us, we will always find ourselves searching for an identity that doesn’t exist; we will become the constantly changing, vain, unstable self.

It's amazing when we put on Christ in baptism, God sees us as His Son; not as fashion models, fashion experts, It girls, or the pretty ones on campus. He sees the redeemed woman, the renewed woman, the striving woman, and the joyful woman.

What do you see when you look at your SELFIE? Are you ready to Break Through Vanity? Join us this month, beginning Tuesday, July 7, 2015 as we grow spiritually together in the Lord! ☺

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