Fast forward--at warp speed---and my love for reading has continued. One of my favorite genres is adventure stories. Non-fiction adventure books almost always have pictures. If you skip the verbiage, these hiking trips, mountain climbs, sailing trips, or any other form of physical adventures are one big party-with beautiful sights and memory making adventures. Only when you read the words do you realize it was no party---it was hard work--often brutal conditions--and in general, a real pain. We seldom take pictures of the trying--difficult times--we only want to immortalize the moments of beauty.
My last words on this subject, I promise, social media has lead us to believe most have beautiful lives--as evidenced by the pictures posted on the WWW. We look at the pictures and sigh and long for our lives to look like this. Unfortunately, not all are writers and prefer to memorialize their lives by capturing the moment by picture. They leave off the verbiage--the description of the moment and all the events surrounding getting to the moment. The beauty of life is not captured in the well prepared and rehearsed still photo--but instead in the description leading to the hallmark moment.
I would bet money when you all saw my hiking trip pictures, you were amazed and envious. The picture at the top of the mountain failed to capture the step by step moaning I did while getting up that mountain. It also cannot possibly give you the sense of how I smelled after a few hours of dragging myself up that trail. There is not enough deodorant in the world to mask that lovely aroma! Fortunately the pictures I post are NOT scratch and smell.
If you saw us walking the boys to school any morning, you would smile and think what a beautiful family--how precious. Yes--in that moment--you are correct. What you did not see is the description of how this happened. The two who were up before the chickens, the one who had to be bodily picked up and brought down the stairs still half asleep, the discussion of exactly what they might eat for breakfast and then the subsequent cajoling them to eat their order, the struggle to get those teeth brushed and putting on shoes while they limply looked on. The trial of getting them out the door is NOT always pretty! The verbiage is always much more telling than the Kodak moment.
All to say---take social media for what it is---the posting of the best of the best. Truly a nano-second in the long hours of real life. Smile and appreciate the offering, but remember the full story has not been told-and the messiness of life is the norm. And in the messiness--real life is lived.
But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.