I think sometimes we get so caught up in the appearance of a perfect life, that we forget to be real. We set ourselves up to fail trying to obtain perfection in our families, our marriages, our work, and our homes. I watched a video clip yesterday from a pastor who was talking about how we don’t live in reality anymore. How we use greenscreens when making videos that can make you appear to be anywhere. We use filters on our photographs that change the way we truly look, which you see all over FaceBook. The shows on television that are labeled as reality shows, are not reality. As a society we don’t know what real is anymore. I believe we put undue pressure on ourselves trying to be something we were never meant to be, and it’s not based on the Bible but on man’s idea of perfection. That is why it is unattainable. God is not in it. God is not worried if you have wrinkles or if your house is not perfect or that you are not wearing the latest fashion, he wants you to be real. He wants us to follow him and be Christ like not world like. These perfections people are trying to obtain are world based and are not of God. I am not saying there is anything wrong with taking care of yourself and wanting to look the best that you can. I believe your body is the temple God gave you and you should take care of it but keep it real. For example, I am 46 years old and if my idea of perfection is that I should look 25, then I am setting myself up to fail because I am never going to look 25 it’s not possible. Instead I should set a goal to be the healthiest 46-year-old I can be physically and spiritually. That’s reality.
This got me to thinking if we are not being real in the physical are we being real in the spiritual. I believe sometimes the answer is no. We have a preconceived idea of what a Christian should be and should look like, so we try to make ourselves fit this mold on the outside. We end up making our Christian life as fake as we make our physical life. As a Christian our lives aren’t perfect so why do we try to portray this? We put so much time and energy into this persona that we stress ourselves out and end up giving up on God, when God never asked you to try and be something you’re not. God already knows the real you. He sees you from the inside out not the outside in.
As Christians we all have problems from time to time, we make mistakes, and we go through hard-times so stop pretending that we don’t. The bible never says we wouldn’t have these things, it just assures us that God would be with us. We are so blessed to have a God who loves us and wants us to come to him with our problems. He will protect us and save us, if we truly believe in him, but we have to be real with God about our problems.
Let’s get back to reality as Christians and help each other through tough times by praying with each other and seeking God. The Word says where two or more are gathered I am in their midst. We need to get back to this and quit putting up fronts of perfection when none of us are perfect on this earth.
Thanks for reading and have a great day in Jesus Christ!