There is an issue with the very-popular, ever-growing call on blogs and social media to “be authentic.”
Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe in authenticity and genuineness, but I have a problem when people write blog posts indirectly chastising others for posting about their seemingly “perfect” lives and calling those people out as being disingenuous.
Boasting is wrong, this I understand, but so is blaming our discontentment on others. If someone’s blog, or instagram, or facebook, or google+ page is making you jealous or unhappy with your own life, then maybe, just maybe, the problem isn’t in the fact that they aren’t being “authentic” but rather, the sin is in our own hearts instead.
Guess what. My life isn’t perfect. But I am happy with it. My body isn’t flawless. But I am confident in it. Sometimes my schedule is hectic. But I still make time to have special moments and make memories. My world isn’t always beautiful. But I make a conscious effort to find beauty and loveliness in the little things. Yes, sometimes life is mundane and monotonous and ordinary, but I have decided to choose joy and be thankful and write about that. I have good days and bad days just like everybody else and I write about the good ones because life is too short to dwell on negativity. Does that make me inauthentic?
I won’t apologize for being happy.
I won’t hide my joy in order to make others feel comfortable. I am passionately in love with this crazy, wonderful, amazing, beautiful life that God has given me and I will thank Him for the blessings that I don’t deserve rather than coveting what someone else has or what someone else has the chance to experience. I believe in positivity, smiles, laughing, loving, and being thankful for every blessing and for every trial because my Heavenly Father knows what I need better than I do.
Next time you want to write someone off because their life looks too perfect online for them to be telling the truth, consider that maybe perspective has something to do with it. Because, to some people, an imperfect life really does seem rather close to perfect because they chose to focus on being thankful for their blessings instead of allowing discontentment to live in their hearts and minds. Instead of thinking that they must be hiding something, rejoice with them. Happiness is contagious; I promise.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice […] Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”
-Philippians 4:4, 8-9