Jaime Geideman – Worship Leader

If you haven’t heard of the term “Selfie,” according to it is a “picture taken of yourself that is planned to be uploaded to Facebook, Myspace or any other sort of social networking website.” They also state “A selfie is usually accompanied by a kissy face or the individual looking in a direction that is not towards the camera.”

As of late I’ve been thoroughly impressed with the skills that some of my friends have at taking selfies. They post the cutest pictures of themselves, and so many can really pull off the “kissy face” or “duck face” as you may know it.  I am HORRIBLE at taking selfies, I’m not quite sure what the problem is…

The angle I hold the camera, the lighting, the settings, the lack of facial muscles especially when attempting the kissy face, I’m just not sure. I’ve attempted it many times and deleted every single attempt. For your viewing pleasure, I’ve posted below my final attempt at the kissy face selfie so you can see what I’m talking about. So take a moment and take it in…


You see what I mean…I look like I’m documenting a reaction to a bee sting as opposed to pulling off a cute look hahaha. I know this is silly but stay with me. The truth is I’ve been down right envious of the fact that others possess a skill I simply don’t have no matter how hard I try or jealous of the fact that others are just incredibly photogenic unlike myself.

Even though I’m not photogenic and can’t do a selfie, I do love to sing and worship and I have the incredible privilege of leading worship at all of our campuses. As I travel around I meet and get to talk with some great people. And so many times, people share that they wish they could sing, that they wish they could sing like me, that if they could have one talent, singing well would be it. I absolutely appreciate that compliment! But I want to encourage them and all of you, that even though you may not have my gift, God has gifted you in an incredible way! I’m in awe and wish I had the gifts of the those that serve with our children, our students, those who serve as prayer partners, greeters, ushers as part of local and global outreach and much more! We are all gifted in different ways and we are reminded of that in Romans chapter 12:4-8

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

We don’t need to be envious of what others have or are doing because each of us is valuable, we are a blessing, and we have unique gifts, talents, and abilities that the Church and world needs. If your not serving and using those gifts, let me encourage you to get started! If you’re not sure where your gifts should be used, we have a Niche class you can take or a spiritual gifts test you can take online to guide you.  Check out this link for serving opportunities at your campus!

And in case you were wondering, I will no longer be taking selfies because it’s not my gift and I’m ok with that now 🙂

Selfie Envy

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