The Objectionable Vanity of Mr. Necessary

The Objectionable Vanity of Mr. Necessary

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People say that I’m quite vain; my sister says that it’s surprising given my looks. But that’s not true. I may hold myself in high esteem, but I know that I’d never be able to satisfy a woman whose instagram consists only of pictures of her.

That above paragraph is a little bit of humor, and probably objectionable, but there’s some truth to it. I’ve never been the best looking guy alive, but vanity isn’t necessarily based off of great looks—not all the time. And vanity can end up making us all into neo-Narcissuses, steadily gazing into our own reflections. Of all idols, man finds self the hardest to abandon.


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I’ve been working out and getting in shape, though nothing extreme. I plan on staying in at least the shape that I’m in, because I want to be married, and I think that men, as protectors and even lovers, owe it to their spouses to be somewhat fit. At the same time, it’s important to not let your body become your idol.

For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

—1 Timothy 4:8

PS—Sorry for letting self-satire creep into a spiritual post. Any time I let my bad humor show, just say, “STOP IT, LUKE!”

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