By the end of 2014, I had gained a lot of weight and was far more preoccupied with what was wrong with me than with my value as a child of God. I had never liked being in photos; but the day after Christmas, I started a one-year “Selfie Project” as an exercise in courage and self-esteem. Each day, for 365 days, I took and posted one picture of myself.
God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them.
Genesis 1:27a (CEB)
Selfies are an easy target, and soon friends and family were making jokes. Yet every time I explained the project, I received more support than I expected.
Taking selfies taught me how to reflect on my own story and to see God’s image in me. I still have days when I don’t like the way I look, but I no longer feel that I have to wait until I lose weight or look better to do the things that matter to me.
My selfie project also made me more grateful. Being able to look at a year of daily pictures reminds me of all the people who have been part of my life. I see the beautiful scenery and events I have enjoyed. I notice the regular rhythms of work, rest, and play. Suddenly, I’m not thinking about my imperfections.
ACT ON IT: How can you celebrate the story of your life as it is right now? Spend time thinking about the good things in your life, not the things you want to change.