But first, let me…

Don’t get me wrong, I love Facebook and Instagram as much as the next girl (show me someone who doesn’t melt when looking at Tuna’s cute little face), but is anyone else tired of the selfie addiction with which our generation struggles?TunaMeltsMyHeart 1

Seriously, when I googled “selfie” today, I got over 310 *million* results – and that doesn’t include the four that you had to take before you managed to snap a pic that makes you look prettier and thinner than the others (don’t pretend you don’t do that too). Aren’t we all just a little tired of seeing our faces plastered all over everything?? Are we really that self-involved?

I believe that two causes exist for the selfie addiction.

1. Your beauty must be shared with the world.

You’re beautiful and you know it. In fact, you are so beautiful that you are truly doing the world a disservice by not sharing your face frequently. If that’s the case, keep on at it, girl. I know that nothing turns my day around like seeing a beautiful girl with the classy and flattering pose made trendy by Miley Cyrus.

Miley Cyrus

2. The world must share with you your beauty.

The most common desire of a young woman’s heart is to feel accepted, beautiful, and loved. And in a world where the supermodels don’t even look like their photos thanks to photoshop, how is any woman ever expected to hold up to those standards? It’s time to stop comparing yourself to an image or an idea of what you think is beautiful. Quit asking your friends on social media to give you your self-worth!

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment…Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

Please begin to understand that beauty is not an appearance, it is an essence of what is inside of you. Beauty is not skin-deep! It’s soul-deep and instead radiates outward. If you learn to improve your inward-image, everyone will take notice! I challenge you to replace that daily selfie with an attempt to improve yourself through kindness, gentleness, joy, love, goodness, patience, and self-control. You’ll quickly learn that beauty is not measured by how many likes you can get, but by how many lives you can change.