I like to say I invented the selfie.
A photography lover since Jr. High, I bought my first 35mm Canon when I was in my early 20s.
My dad purchased a tripod for me a Christmas or two later.
Since taking pictures of people was my specialty, why not take a picture of myself?
So I set up my camera on the tripod, picked a point and focused, then set the timer and ran into the shot before the final beep.
Only in the ’80s we called them self portraits.
Isn’t the world a better place with text and twitter abbreviations and hashtags?
The picture on the left was taken when I first moved to central Florida after graduating from college. My roommate was on the road — we both traveled for our company — and I was home alone with not many friend in my new city, so I broke out the ole camera and tripod and shot a few selfies.
Then I took the roll out and dropped it off to be developed, not sure how the pictures turned out. Or even if…
But the digital revolution has changed more than how fast we can communicate.
It’s changed how we capture moments. Or even erase them.
Take a bad picture, you can delete it.
There’s no reason we can’t capture the best moments of our lives.
Now we can take selfies with others. There’s no need to miss a birthday smile or fan moment.
Last Friday night I was on stage at joint church worship and prayer meeting when the keyboard player, the great Eddie Tucker, took off on a new song.
I whipped out my camera right then and there and started filming.
I only captured a minute of his song but what a blessing to have a little bit of that moment before the Lord preserved.
Some say the selfie is bad, just raising up a bunch of self centered, self focused, ego maniacs who like to take pictures of themselves.
I say boo to that. Selfies are about capturing the moment. Demonstrating confidence in how you look.
Come on ladies, how many times have you dressed up, fixed your hair, applied your make up just right and you’d love to capture it in a photo.
Grab that phone, girl, or digital camera, snap a selfie!
If it doesn’t turn out, you can always delete it. And try again!
Selfies are about confidence. About not being afraid to take an ugly picture.
About being proud of YOU and who God made you to be: beautiful.
Post a link to your own selfie in the comments.
I’ll pick one and post it the next time I’m up on SBV!
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