Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Awkward Selfie

Selfies are awkward, no?!

I suppose it's more awkward for my generation than others….

…after all, my 40+ crowd didn't grow up with phones with cameras…

…or phones at all, for that matter!

Still, regardless of whether or not the technology would have existed when I was a teen,

I doubt that I would have been an avid selfie-taker.

For me, there's something so self-absorbing about constantly photographing oneself.

I mean…

…can you imagine the Disciples taking selfies…

…or Martha and Mary….fighting over who got to take a selfie with Jesus?

It's so ridiculous when you think of it in terms of Christ!

I much prefer to take pictures of others…

…my husband, children, parents…

…even being in a picture or two with them.

Because for me, the camera is always about capturing myself in relation to others…

…being in relationship with others

not constantly with myself.

And so this Lent, I plan to really work on my relationships with others…

….writing more love notes…

…making more phone calls…

…playing more board games…sharing more read-alouds…cooking more meals together.

And of course, spending more time with Christ.

Wishing you a fun Fat Tuesday and a blessed start to Lent,

Transformation Update…

Twenty-five Pounds Lost!
(25 lbs)


  1. 25 pounds??? Already!?!? You're amazing!!

  2. I was "taught" the art of the selfie by my teenager!
    And believe me...it is an art!
    You did awesome...and you look great!
    Your smile always makes me happy, my friend! : )
    And you should see the looks on my kids' faces when I try to explain to them that I used to share a phone with my sisters. It was in the kitchen. Attached to the wall. : )

  3. Holy crap! Excuse my French, but seriously! Valerie, that is just AMAZING!!!!!!!

    As for the post itself, I LOVE it! I don't do selfies either. I can relate to you with what you wrote. (On the same page, as my husband would say :)

  4. Yea, I am not much into selfies. Too close up.

    Congratulations on the weight loss! Wow!!

    Here's hoping you feel better also.

    Happy Lent to you and your family.

    M : )

  5. Woo Hoo Val!!! I'm so proud of you and you look wonderful!!!

  6. Hi Valerie, How I love this post! So true and it made me smile thinking of Mary Martha trying to take a selfie with Jesus... really funny! And I wanted to thank you for taking so much time to write to me. I really appreciated your thoughts. Thank you for encouraging me. xoxoxo tara

  7. Great post. I doubt if I will ever be a selfie fan. The only selfie I kept was one of Goofy and me at DisneyWorld. That was too fun. But a selfie of just me...not so much.

  8. Hi Val!
    Thinking of you this morning...and missing your smiling face!
    Hope all is well with you, and you are enjoying a peaceful Lent...


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