Driver’s License Photo

I recently had a birthday and along with the reminder that I was another year older, I also had to drag myself to renew my driver’s license.  This is always a humbling experience.  These pictures show you in full reality.  No fancy lighting.  No cool effects.  Just plain and simple you!

Why aren’t you allowed to smile for your picture on your driver’s license or your passport photo?  These thing are horrible!  Luckily, I had a friend taking mine so that made the experience much less painful than normal, and she tried to convince me that it was a great picture.

All kidding aside, a driver’s license picture is the real you.  The person who you are.  No frills attached.  It makes me think of the way God perceives us.  He sees who we are right down to our core.  Our thoughts.  Our feelings.  Our dreams.  Our desires.  The true us.  He sees it all.  Nothing fancy.  Nothing that you can change.  Just the real you.

Look at the extremes that the world has come to in attempts to change the real you.  We have make-up, eye lash extensions, hair extensions, tattoos, piercings, plastic surgery, liposuction, veneers for our teeth, and that is just to change our physical appearance.  We also use different methods to try and mask our emotional appearance, financial appearance, our marriage’s appearance, our children’s appearance.  Honestly, do we try and be honest about any part of ourselves here on earth?

Hebrews 4:13 explains to us, “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

Just like our driver’s license photo, we have to start to realize our true selves and start looking at ourselves through the camera lens that God sees us through.  You might not like things about yourself, but that is the way God has made you, and you are insulting his art work when you are trying to change it.

When I was growing up, my father was very opinionated on being into your physical appearance.  One of his favorite lines were, “If God wanted your finger nails a different color, he would have painted them himself.”  Or another great one was, “If God wanted holes in your ears, he would have put holes in them for you.”  At the time, I thought my father was crazy, but he might be onto something.

The list of these quotes of my father are endless, and to this day, I still don’t wear much make-up, I don’t paint my nails and only wear earrings once and a while.  My father on earth ended up brainwashing me into thinking this way too.

I wish people would start seeing themselves for the master piece that God created them to be.  I try to take it upon myself daily to point out to people the beauty of their true self, because so many people don’t see the incredible splendor they radiate daily just being themselves.  People don’t need to use all the crazy methods that have been created by man to be beautiful.  Their true beauty lies in their naked selves, just like our Father in Heaven tries to teach.  I wish he could brainwash everyone like my father brainwashed me.

Today, try seeing the beauty in everyone, including yourself, even if they are masking their beauty behind all of the superficial things that they feel they need to be accepted and feel good about themselves.  Our true self is beneath all the make-up, the brand names, and the eye lash extensions.  We are who we are without all the things we think we need.  We are who God created us to be, just like our driver’s license photo.  We have to stop hiding behind the frills and fluff that we feel we need and realize we are perfectly made just the way we are.