The other day, I was in Michael’s Craft Store, picking up something for the Ancient City Romance Author Conference held in September. As the girl was ringing up my item, I looked at something on the display 453fa03f01a4bd5e0296c93c0aad0608_zpsjiqq05dqshelf. That’s how they get you to buy stuff you don’t need, they make you wait so you end up looking around. At least that’s what happens with me.

On the counter was a box holding a selfie stick. The young lady went on to explain that this item holds your smart phone out about eighteen inches longer than your arm so you can take a better selfie.

Saved me some money by not having a smart phone. But then I shook my head and asked her “What does this say for the American people that we need to buy a pole in order to get a better photo of ourselves?” She just smiled, and I went on my way.

But I’m not kidding. What is it with our egos that we constantly take pictures of ourselves, our food, and our vacations just to put up on a social media sight for others to see? Are we that self absorbed?

grilleddinneroutsideUnfortunately, the answer is yes, we are too focused on ourselves. Depression, drug use, and alcoholism are at an all-time high because we concentrate too much inward and not enough outward.

God hates it when our focus is ourselves and not others. Proverbs 8:13 states, The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate. All this self-portrait stuff we do is about pride and arrogance.

If we were to focus more on helping others, we would live a much happier life. And that’s what God wants. For us to be happy. He didn’t make us to only focus inwardly. To only see what we didn’t have. He wants us to feel blessed by what he has given us.

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People who use Facebook the most tend to have more narcissistic or insecure personalities. – (Taken from an article titled “The selfie syndrome: This infographic reveals how social media is making us more narcissistic.” http://justsomething.co

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We have become too preoccupied with ourselves. Narcissism is at an all time high. We need to put down the smart phones and the selfie sticks, get off social media, and look at other’s needs before our own.

And you parents need to control the amount of time your children spend on these sites. The more time they spend, the more they feel social media defines who they are. And the last thing we want is for our children to believe that taking pictures of themselves and listening to what others believe is truly all that important.

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As you know, four Marines and one sailor died in Chattanooga this past week by what is perceived to be a follower of ISIS. What were your thoughts when you first heard the news? Did your reaction change Marineswhen you discovered the killer’s name (Mohammad)?

When first heard of an attack on a military recruitment office, I thought it was someone denied entry into the military. After I discovered ISIS took credit, my gut reaction was toss all the Muslims out of this country and use their mosques for homeless shelters. Not a very Christian response. But a very human one.

Our initial reaction is to strike out. Allowing God to get our revenge is the last thing on our minds. Proverbs 11:21 guarantees … The wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will go free. God will be the judge in the end.

JusticeBut how do we, as Christians, put aside our anger and pain to allow God to do His job? We must desire God more than anything else. Remember that He has forgiven you, and in turn, you are to forgive others.
Easier said than done, but that’s why we should pray about our emotions. And the more we allow anger to control us, the more we let the devil to get a foothold.

God will be our vindicator. An evil doer will see justice in His time, not necessarily ours. Sometimes we don’t even live to see righteousness done. Justice might not occur in this world, but be assured, justice will prevail.

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To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. – C.S. Lewis

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We must, as Christians, learn to have a gut reaction of prayer, not hatred. Even if that response is justified. When people come to this country, or follow a fanatic group of killers, and kill others in this country because of it, we have a tendency to want to treat them like a boil on our backsides and have them lanced. However, we must be patient and allow God to do things in the appropriate order.God's justice

In the meantime, pray for the protection for our military and our country from any fanatics, not just those from the Arab nations. And when something tragic happens, like in Chattanooga, we must keep the families first and foremost in our minds.

They need our love and prayers far more than our anger toward a bunch of extremists.

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