Twentieth century technology has opened access roads to real time events of people everywhere. Our world has evolved into a technological dinner theater of sorts, where we are all actors in our stories and sometimes in the stories of others. This never-before-snapshot of the world in which we live is fascinatingly instant in its delivery with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google+ leading the pack as great vehicles for sharing our lives with others.
Before this century, rapid-fire texts and instant downloads were unheard of. As a young girl I remember trying on clothes in front of my bedroom mirror. Yet now, instead of a physical mirror hanging on our bedroom or bathroom wall, we gawk at brightly cloaked rectangular mirrors fixated in the palm of our hands. I watch my daughter fire out sequential messages to a group of friends allowing mass market appeal to decide which of her outfits makes the cut for the day. Who could have known our little fingertips would become one of the largest assets of the modern day global economy?
Yet, as we place our vanity before the world’s mirror of insta-likes, compliment trolling, and uber-hits on social media, if we are not careful, this binary tree of reality and make believe could have the same emptiness as Adam and Eve’s apple. Its filter-focused postings tend to romanticize non truths about our make-believe lives. Before long our house of tricks may come crashing down as we glimpse double chins or rough looking skin in our side view mirror.
“This only have I found: God created mankind upright, but they have gone in search of many schemes.”
“I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind.”
If running after these images is fleeting, there must be a better well from which to draw our confidence. There must be a more accurate scale of our true selves— one just as easy to access that speaks with a different viewpoint. Perhaps the voice of a creator has the expertise to evaluate his creation.
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them.”
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
God says we are His image-bearers, made in His image. We are each created differently: from the unique print of our fingers to the way the hairs lay across the tops of our heads. He fashioned us with His heart in mind, knowing the need for which we are designed, the very specific reason for our own creation.
So, why not troll around the first book of life, lifting our heads as we hear the words “it is good” spoken? You are a masterpiece with one massive gargantuan LIKE from the Creator of the universe. What more could we possibly need to hear than that? The One who created our faces created them to be seen— raw, uncut, unfiltered. The sun’s natural light, the luminosity of the moon, or the blowing ocean breeze are the only filters needed to display original beauty. We already have direct access to original filters, so we can resist the urge to improve upon creation. Because He says our creation is very good.
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Let’s allow our identities to be unfiltered, in order that our unique selves might be found thriving in all our social media terrariums. For eventually, if we continue to wield the pickax of preconceived beauty, we will inadvertently destroy the grand harvest of individuality.