I’ve been scrolling through the pictures on my phone and thinking about how some people complain that social media depicts a “fake” perception of our lives. We post on Facebook our “perfect” pictures but we rarely, if ever, post pictures of our messy house, or crying kids, or snap shots of our emotional outbursts.
But you know, I rarely, if ever, take pictures of those moments. Why would I want to do that? Why would I want to focus on our imperfections and our mistakes? Why would I want others to?
When I look back on my life I don’t want to focus on the moments when my house was messy or the moments of temper tantrums (both mine and our children’s). I do share snap shots of our mess-ups and imperfections, but I do not share every mistake. I don’t want to remember every mistake. I don’t want that to be my focus, because that is not what matters most. I want to focus on the moments filled with laughter and love. I want to remember my loved ones at their best and I want to remember myself at my best. Don’t you?
And you know, THAT is the beauty of grace. That is what it looks like to take an imperfect life but focus in on the moments of perfection. That is what God does for us through Jesus Christ when we come to him and ask him to delete the imperfect snap shots and words in our lives.
Like a mother crafting her child’s baby book, filling it with “firsts” and sweet pictures of her child, He crafts His book of our life and each page is filled with pictures that are pulled by fingers that are drenched by grace. One or two shots of the crying face, the furled lip, the grouchy pout, the incredibly wide spread mess that was catapulted across the kitchen and bedroom floors, simply to remember that, yes, they were there. Hundreds upon hundreds of silly grins and tender touches, wondrous “firsts” that make our Father proud. That is the focus, and every shot, even the messes, cries and pouts are treasured and beautiful to our Father.
Why can we not do that for each other? Why can we not craft our lives and view others’ as He does? It is not fake. It is grace.