One of the biggest issues I have with social media is the perception of perfection portrayed in our posts and photos. But that’s not the sum total of the problem. So many of us look at what people are posting and feel that the lives of others are perfect, while ours are falling apart. So it quickly becomes a bit of a competition to see who can be the best faker of perfection. And the more we fake, the more we realise how far from perfect we are, and will always be. The truth is, we all have times when we try to be someone that we aren’t, to impress people we don’t even know! Why?
Well, we have all been created with the inherent need to be accepted. And when we can’t live up to the so called “perfect standard” of the world, we compromise our values, morals and integrity in an attempt to be popular. Whatever the trend of society might be, is what we try to become. There is nothing authentic about the process because in doing so, we lose our individuality and we chase after acceptance that we all so need. But what blows me away is this…
We turn our backs on the only One who truly accepts us exactly the way we are. He doesn’t want us to impress Him because we can’t, no matter how much we try. He wants to have a relationship with you and I in spite of our imperfections. He even gave His life for you and me to show us how much we mean to Him. To Him, our social media posts don’t alter His perception of us. In Him there is no need for faking. In fact, we can’t fake in His presence because He knows every little detail. And the amazing thing is that even though He knows every little detail about my life, He still accepts me.
Let’s stop losing our identity be seeking acceptance from an imperfect world, and start being our true selves by drawing closer to the perfection of Jesus Christ, who accepts us with warts and all. Try something new – follow Jesus!