Look around, little one,
and see what this world has become
All around selfie-taking, oh my please!
Duck faces and legs bent at the knees
Fluffing hair and swinging heads
all so scared of what is said
and what is done, how they look
all that matters is the picture they took.
They filter out all their flaws
And now, dear child, they act so odd
look at them, see no discretion?!
no humility, such depression…
It’s growing, thriving deep inside
Because these standards are too high
When they look into the mirror
they don’t see
what they want
Only what COULD be.
So they go back to make-believe-world
where what is right is completely unfurled
a life of too many choices, so many pressures
parents gave up, and gave kids the stressers
Where pretty is just a flick of the finger
but that’s not real, so you figure
that this silly way they are
is going to crumble from near to far
No wonder they struggle with fear
they look for love that’s fake, my dear
and when they try to lean on that
on their face is where they will fall so flat
These little kids with expectations
that can’t be met
Are God’s creations
And they are beautiful as can be
but they aren’t allowed to see
without a filter, or a blot right here
a little tuck there, so little one I fear
That we are raising a sad breed
of children that are going to need
to put away those stupid phones
and love they way that they have grown.
And try to fall in love with the face they see
that’s looking back, right back at me
and is right there, and is so real
will they be able to feel
happy with what’s really there?
Oh my goodness, I just stare
with my jaw open at what I see.
I can’t believe it, can it be?
20 minutes for one selfie…
Look around, oh little one,
and see what this world has become.
I wrote this after spending a weekend away with my husband. We were relaxing and playing a game of Farkle. PLEASE tell me you have played that game! We were surrounded by beautiful mountains, a peaceful golf course, and we were drinking the best coffee ever made. We were having so much fun.
However, our game was suddenly disrupted by a group of about 5 teen girls who stood 20 feet in front of us. They each attempted to get a picture of themselves as a group, individual pictures, photos of all angles, heights, depths, duck faces, swinging heads, hair flying, shoulder angles, elbow angles, tall girls squatted, while short ones tippied. It was completely surreal. The “Selfie Shocker” lasted for at least 20 minutes.
After the Selfie Shocker was over we sat there with our mouths wide open staring at each other. Why do people have no shame? There is no humility anymore. Vanity has become a disturbing plague.
– this warning comes from http://www.biblegateway.com
Philippians 2:3-11 English Standard Version (ESV)
3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,[b] 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[c] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.