#nofilter

Filters are fun. We all use them. I really enjoy using the filters that are a stretch of the imagination: the angelic filters or the goth filters. No in between here, folks. They’re good for a laugh. Then, of course, there are the perfecting filters. The face smoothers. The eye enhancers. The face slimmers. The feature softeners. I call these the unrealistic filters because there is NO WAY I could ever look like the product presented after using these filters. I look like a skinnier version of someone else who is aging well. Yeah. So. About that….. 😉
For those who don’t use social media and/or “don’t buy into that kind of thing”, how often do you reapply makeup, touch up gray hairs, wear slimming clothes, wear uncomfortable (yet adorable) shoes, or spend a fortune on skin care? So you see my point.
We’re all programmed to look our best and to present a better version of ourselves at all times. As a society, we are bombarded with images of near perfection thanks to photo editing software. When a tabloid headline boasts images of “Stars Without Makeup” and urges us to “guess who” in order to identify said unkempt star, that’s a problem. A.) Why do I care? B.) Why does the actress always have to be put together? C.) What night cream does she use anyway?
We spend so much time perfecting our image and avoiding the display of our true selves that sometimes we forget we were created for a reason to be a certain way. We forget who we are in the quest to present the best version of ourselves.
By its very nature, presenting the best version of ourselves is not a bad thing. We should make the effort to be the best person that we can be. However, that shouldn’t include a suitcase full of makeup, cellulite-compressing undergarments, and caviar face cream.
The best version of ourselves should be allowing the radiance and kindness to shine through. We should be relatable, approachable, and available to those who need to know The Lord. Let us build His Kingdom.
Focus on removing the outward filters because you were not created with them in place. You were created to make an impact. Playing with filters is one thing because they can be fun, much like dressing up and playing make believe. The issue arises when the filters become our identity when our identity should be in Christ.
We need to toss aside the filters and live with Christ as our guide. Our light should come from within, rather than from a cosmetics store or hair salon.
Matthew 5:14-16: 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV)

*originally published on March 15, 2017*

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