I know I am not the only one to make this observation; People are not real on Facebook! We only put the best out for others to see. We will take a picture 5 times if we don’t think it looks good. This can be difficult for Christians and others who are going through tough stuff. We all post the best picture, video or quote. We want others to believe everything about us is awesome. I know I do it. I post when we are doing family game night, reading our bible together or having a family hug moment. I don’t know that I have ever posted a picture when one of the kids is having a tantrum, or in the middle of a fight. I know none of you have seen a video of me screaming at my children over something trivial. I never show you my unkempt house, my piles of dirty laundry or the time I left the seat up. I don’t want people to see those moments. I want them to see the good. Heck, I only want to see the good.
So it got me thinking, what if for a week we took pictures everyday, every 15 minutes or so? What if I took pictures of the mundane, the broken, and the bad? What if everything posted to Facebook wasn’t the good stuff, but was me at my worst? What if I posted pictures from angles not so flattering to myself or only posted pictures that are too blurry to see? I suppose some of you would be offended, many would be annoyed, others would look down on me. Many would know for certain what they have always suspected, Steve is a broken sinner. Steve is selfish, Steve is a slob, Steve doesn’t do much right at all! To be truthful you would all be right.
For those of you who know me, don’t worry I am not going to post pictures every 15 minutes. You won’t have too unfriend or block my posts…hopefully. I write this because I want us all to be reminded we are broken. I to fail more than I succeed. I to am in need of Christ’s forgiveness. We all need His grace, forgiveness, and mercy. We need it each day.
If this week you experience in real life the ugly and the broken, and you are ashamed of it. I would try to remind you, Facebook isn’t real life. It isn’t real Christianity. In real life the picture is actually blurry and often broken. You are not alone. Jesus is there with you. He had gone through it as well. We have all been forgiven in Christ.
Therefore (Jesus) had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrew 2:17-19 ESV