This will be different… additionally, what you read here is NOT designed to hurt your feelings or poke fun at anyone. The subject of the commentary is more general in nature and looks at the prevailing culture. This culture is not only affecting America but also resides in other countries around the globe. So, let’s set the stage, shall we?
If you use social media as you go through the day, you will notice how people often post perfectly posed selfies, gorgeous pics of their kids and puppies and spouses and cars and… you get the point. Our hope is to make ourselves, our children, and our stuff appear as beautiful as possible. We try not to show the blemishes or other imperfections. Heck, we even use “beautification” algorithms and filters to capture just the right angle, light, and pose. I suppose it is due to the vanity that we all possess to one degree or another. Possibly, it is even a deeper “Eden class” motivation… pride.
Please don’t get me wrong, I mess around with my selfie settings in Gcam too 😉 so I include myself in the target audience.
As we dive deeper into the topic at hand, I don’t think it is sinful to want to present yourself in a good light. None of us like those awkward photos that our friends take, do we? Yet, if we are not careful, we can block out reality at times and get used to overlooking every spot and blemish. The scars of life are good teachers. They remind us of bad decisions or accidents that came upon us without warning. When you get older, your skin and hair do some weird stuff! The elements even have an effect. You might look like a sun hardened beach bum or like a pale sun-adverse vampire. Regardless, time marches on and all the selfies in the world will not stop that.
So, try to look presentable but acknowledge the flaws, scars, and imperfections. Life is like that, right? If you get so focused on the unreality of the perfect selfie world, you will miss opportunities to embrace REAL LIFE. In real life, times are not always easy or pretty or convenient. Those flaws can indicate great character. They can also represent poor decisions. However, they should bring added wisdom and stamina for the future. So, now and then, revel in the common… the every day, the scenes that usually hit the cutting room floor.
I leave my rambling with a gallery of the “less than perfect” scenes from my morning. Be blessed and take heart because there was only One perfect person and His name was Jesus. Amen.