A Picture Perfect Book Cover
“People look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
On most days, I wake up with a crazy hairstyle even a Who from Whoville couldn’t imitate. I have animal allergies and often sneeze loudly and uncontrollably at the mere sight of cats or dogs. It takes me a minimum of one hour to get ready in the morning to the point where I’m completely comfortable and confident walking out the door. I worry a lot about things that aren’t that big of a deal and procrastinate things that I should get done right away. I’ve woken up sad, angry, and irritated, I have picked fights with my boyfriend over dumb things, and I am way more in my element alone at home rather than surrounded by others at a party.
Here’s my point: We often paint a picture perfect showcase of our lives while on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. However, the real life every day situations of negativity are swept under the rug. It’s like when I’ve posted a picture of an early morning sunrise with a lovely positive quote or Bible verse underneath – but in the reality of the moment, my alarm clock is buzzing, my morning breath is suffocating, and I’m fuming about having to get out of bed and start the day.
Let me clarify: Keep being positive on social forums. I’m not encouraging every dull and displeasing experience of your life to be broadcasted to the world. The reality is, no one wants to know about your or my problems. It’s great to remind yourself of the happy moments in your day by sharing them with others. But don’t get caught in the game of comparison with another person’s life based on what they put out there on the internet. Our social media accounts are just like the cover of a book. And as they say, “Never judge a book by it’s cover!“
And as God says, leave the judging to Him. “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)