Take for instance this picture I posted recently-
I put some really cute comment about hiding under trundle along with it and you all commented with my sought after response of how cute those boys are --and if not that--at least a "Like". What I didn't post a picture of was the condition of the
We all are guilty of posting only the best moments---the times we look the best---those hallmark/family album scenes--the successes--the all-star moments. I don't really think it is intentional--for truthfully I don't think you would be very interested in my messy moments. Those times when I am sitting on the couch--sans makeup--messy hair day--old work out clothes---chomping on Cheetos and scarfing down a DP. I try to not look in the mirror during those times--much less immortalize the memory on the WWW. I want you to see the "Yard of the Month", but not the neglected garden pictures. If I don't really want to remember those times, why would I put it out for you to know what my life really looks like? It can be messy----very messy.
When glancing at the picture above, you have visions of sweet boys who love their Lulu and relish giving her hugs and sitting in her lap. There is no indication of their willful disobedience at times--the struggle we have getting them to shut their eyes at night--the half eaten lollipop left on the best table--the spilled drink on the rug---and my harsh tone to get them in line. It all looks wonderful through the lens of the camera---the 24/7 video might cloud this illusion of perfection I have so carefully crafted.
The problem for all of us arises when we glance at those photos and posts and forget the picture may not be as it seems. During those years my children were growing up, I always laughed when we got to church that I had almost lost my religion getting them there. We walked in the perfect picture of a family of God---our hair all done, our clothes clean and pressed, our shoes shined, and our faces smiling with a Bible in our hands--while the truth was it would have been easier to herd cats in a room full of rocking chairs. Tempers had been lost, tears had fallen and many times clothes had to be changed at the last second---in an effort to have the appearance of perfection. It was NOT perfect--FAR from it.
So today when I look at your kodak moment posts, I remember there are REAL people behind those smiles. Real people--who live real lives--and have real disappointments along with the pictorial display of perfection. Life is NOT perfect---we all act not so nice at times---our children "have their moments"---and right before the picture was snapped--one of those in the picture might have snapped. Looks can be deceiving but life is revealing---always take the picture with a grain of salt and remember there is more to life than what is revealed by the camera lens.
II Corinthians 10:12