Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On farting rainbows and sunshine and unicorns.

I saw a post on Instagram the other day about how some bloggers are too rainbows and sunshine. For me, that is totally and completely true.  I post a lot of happy pictures.

And do you know what my response to those that are critical of that?

SO WHAT?

 I am so tired of Satan winning the battles that rage in our minds on a daily basis.

If you look at a picture of a woman with her best hair day and a cute outfit on Instagram and wish you could look like her or see kids dressed up in the cutest matching outfits and their hair is all in place, do yourself and me a favor, remember something: It is a single moment in time.  

The woman on the other side of the screen has her own personal set of "trouble spots" she is trying to hide JUST LIKE YOU. But for that moment, she is happy and wants to share her happiness with you. And those outfits their kids have on could have been a gift from a family member and that momma just wants to show how cute they look!

You know my other gripe? If I am having a good hair day or I like the way I look in an outfit, the entire world is gonna know about it. Or if the dogs did something funny or God finally decided to give into my grumbles about winter and allow spring to come on its merry way, then heck yes I'm gonna share it.  But I don't show you tons of pictures in my sweats, it doesn't make me less human or real. It is just my personal preference.

Happiness and life's wonders are few and far and between in this life.

So we have to choose to find the joy in life EVERY SINGLE DAY.

And when I have a good moment, I want to share it with the world. I want anyone who looks at my picture to feel the sunshine and happiness and wonderful that I feel. I think that is what the inventors of Instagram had in mind when they created it. They want people to share their lives with one another, to connect.

Also? Remember that there are so many things about you that make you wonderful. There is no one in the world like you.

DID YOU HEAR ME??

NO. ONE.

And that is no mistake. That is God at his finest and most intricate work.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)

Decide you're going to win the battle of your mind.

If you have to, name five things that you love about yourself right then and there!

Do NOT let Satan come in and steal that feeling of happiness and replace it with envy, jealousy or bitterness.

Fight Satan back and CHOOSE JOY and share in the little bit of sunshine that person is trying to share with you!

5 comments:

Classy Fab Sarah said...

People are so weird. I mean, REALLY, just because someone is gorgeous or has perfect kids (I hate those people!) or eats gourmet meals every day... should they purposefully NOT share? Hide their gifts for a beautiful picture or a "perfect" moment? I don't understand it.

Of course, we ALL want others to see our BEST foot forward.... would we even be human if we wanted anything less?

Katie @ Loves of Life said...

GIRL. Amen. I have been seeing this lately, too. People saying they feel inadequate based on someone elses photos, etc. Sharing the good moments in life is wired within some people. It doesn't make it wrong or bad or heck, mean it's our lives 24/7! That's crazy talk. I always look at photos through this scope. It's one moment in time. And as a mom'tographer I *know* that I can get an amazeballs picture, that could have actually been a moment of epic breakdown/tantrum--you happened to just catch the right moment. ya know? Anyway. I like this.

Laura Graham said...

RAGE ON SISTA! I have been thinking about that so much this week after seeing some really mean instagram comments that were left on Katie Bowers pic and Natasha from Happiness is Blog.. I will never understand why anyone will anonymously of coarse, leave hate like that. or why there is a need to criticize people who see the glass half full? I love to see people making the most of their lives and I certainly dont want to read a bunch of complaints every day! ha

Laura said...

I couldnt agree more. In addition - why does society feel the need to bring people down instead of offering a nice compliment or sharing in someone's moment of happiness? It's so discouraging. Are we really that self conscious that we can't be happy for someone else without comparing what we THINK they have and what we dont have? ugh.

Heather said...

Loved this post!

I'm willing to bet it took that mom 4 hours to get her and those 2 kids dressed and another 2 to herd them and get them to cooperate for a picture that turned out to be the one picture out of 100 attempts. But why would anyone want to share that? I mean really. We like to post the moments we are proud of. There's nothing wrong with that. If we posted nothing but the messy moments, people would complain about that too.

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